IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Frequently Asked Questions

Production Grant FAQ

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I applied in the previous round. Can I apply this year with the same project?

You may apply with the same project from a previous round if your project has progressed. Please reference the current application checklist and update your submission accordingly.

When is the next production grant open call?

Applications are closed for 2021. The next cycle will reopen in 2022 (TBA).

What is the date and time of the deadline?

Applications closed on April 19, 2021  for the 2021 cycle. 

When will I be notified?

Applicants for the 2021 cycle will be notified in July / August 2021. Updates will be sent via Submittable.com or email grants@documentary.org for an update.

Can I provide an update?

Finalists will be invited to provide a project update. Reminder to not change your work sample links while they are under review. 

Are there exceptions to the credit requirement?

No, we cannot make exceptions. If you are an emerging filmmaker, please reference the grants directory for more opportunities. 

Can I submit multiple projects?

No, each applicant can only submit one project.

What is expected from the current work sample?

You must submit a work sample for the project you are proposing. The suggested length is 10-15 minutes. It cannot be less than 10 minutes. Also only the first 15 minutes of a sample longer than 15 minutes can be reviewed.  There are no restrictions on the type of sample. Choose material that reflects the strongest elements of your story, characters and style. It can be one scene, a string out of scenes, an interview with a character, a rough cut. Please make certain the audio can be heard. Be sure to give context of what the sample is in the proposal. We encourage applicants not to expend extra resources to prepare the sample. 

Are broadcast or web series eligible?

Series are not eligible for the production grant.

Do you accept international co-productions?

Yes. International co-productions are eligible if the applicant (director and/or producer) is a U.S. citizen or resides in the U.S. and is a "U.S. Person" with a valid TAX ID.

What production-related costs are acceptable?

Production costs may include staff, crew, travel, gear rental, office expenses, production insurance and legal expenses during the production period. Films with principal research and development completed are especially encouraged to apply. Films nearing the end of production will be considered, but must have production expenses remaining.

Is there someone I can discuss my project with before applying?

We are happy to answer any specific questions you have via email here. We encourage you to apply if you believe you meet the criteria. The guidelines and application can be viewed here.

Development Grant FAQ

What is the status of my 2020 Enterprise Development application? 

2020 applicants were notified in March 2021. A public announcement of selected grantees will be made in May 2021.

What is the status of the development grant?

The development grant is on hold for 2021 and 2022. Please visit the IDA Grants directory here for more funding opportunities.

Additional Questions

Please contact grants@documentary.org with any questions not covered here or pertaining to your project's eligibility.