The Award provides a $25,000 grant to an emerging documentary maker from four selected countries each year. The 2022 countries are Japan, Thailand, Argentina, Spain.

IDA solicits nominations for the grant from partner organizations in each of the countries. 

Inaugural Grantee

Netflix Global Emerging Filmmaker Award
Grant Year(s):
Manuel Acuna is pictured before a black background. He has curly dark brown hair, mustache and a beard. He is wearing black framed glasses and an olive green casual shirt.

Manuel Acuña works as a film director and cinematographer, from Guadalajara, Jal. México. Graduated in Communication and Audiovisual Arts from ITESO and with a Master's Degree in Documentary from EICTV in Cuba. His films have been screened internationally, at festivals such as the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), and Doc Buenos Aires. In countries such as the United States, Cuba, India and Argentina In addition to having benefited from creation and market meetings such as DocsMx, CC Doc, GoodPitch and Tribeca All Access, for the making of his first documentary feature film as a director.

El Silencio de mis Manos / The Silence of my Hands (In Post-Production)

The adversities of language, the distance that separates them and an unexpected news, puts Rosa and Saira's relationship to the test, two deaf women who struggle to stay together.