For almost 30 years IDA's fiscal sponsorship program has been helping independent documentary projects of all types get funded, finished and seen. Our fiscal sponsorship program is open to independent filmmakers and documentarians, regardless of education, background or previous credits. Whether this is your first film, or you've been making documentaries as long as we've been sponsoring them,  if you have an idea and a plan, we can help.
 

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What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity, such as the IDA, agrees to sponsor a project that furthers our mission, for the purpose of fundraising through grants and donations. This is an effective alternative to starting your own nonprofit. The arrangement allows you to seek grants and solicit grants and tax-deductible donations for your documentary, with the oversight, support, and endorsement of one of the most long-standing and trusted charities in the field.

Why IDA?

IDA knows documentary. It's all we do. We are the largest documentary-specific fiscal sponsor in the world. 

The IDA is dedicated to supporting the vital work of documentary storytellers and championing a thriving and inclusive documentary culture.  Since 1998, our fiscal sponsorship program has helped hundreds of independent documentaries get funded, finished and seen.

Last year, we administered over 8.5 million dollars in donations and grants to our sponsored projects. We work with films in all stages of production, including supporting filmmakers through the crucial phases of distribution, outreach, and engagement.

Our fiscally sponsored projects have access to full-time program and accounting staff with expertise in fiscal sponsorship and many years of experience in the field. We also have experienced legal and accounting advisers should we need to call on them. We have the infrastructure and expertise to take on documentary projects of any size, and importantly, our policies and procedures are specifically designed to be filmmaker friendly and responsive to production timelines. 

As fiscal sponsors on your project, IDA will not take any ownership of your work, nor will we infringe on your creative control, copyright, or prevent you from future sales or profit from your project. IDA seeks to be as non-intrusive and supportive as possible in monitoring projects.

Sponsored Projects

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  • Every school day thousands of young people who identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans-gender face harassment, bullying, and even violence for simply being who they are. Teach Your Children Well is a documentary short (39 min) narrated by Emmy Award winning actress and comedienne,...

  • Skid Row Marathon is a feature length documentary that follows Judge Craig Mitchell and his running club as they prepare for a variety of running events including the Accra International Marathon in Ghana, Africa, the LA Marathon and the upcoming Rome Marathon in March 2015.Many of the club...

  • This feature length documentary will be a non-linear narrative comprised of live action sequences, archival stills and film clips inter-cut with interviews of celebrities, music legends and historians. The viewer is taken on roller-coaster ride covering the last 50 years of the emergence of two...

  • This film follows former Russian soldiers who became spiritual as a result of fighting in many wars. Father Nicolas, a retired colonel from the Special Forces in Chechnya and Afghanistan, is now a Russian Orthodox Priest. Sergei "The Muslim" is a former mercenary who fought "everybody but the...

  • In 1971, Chuck Holmes moved to San Francisco to sell real estate: the sexual revolution was in full swing and the city was known as the 'Smut Capital of the United States.' In a year, his real estate job was replaced by a few hardcore 'loops' and a mailing list; in ten years, the mailing list...

  • Nearly a thousand children call the streets of Cape Town, South Africa home. Known as 'strollers', these children live in an urban wonderland where they hustle, play, fight and drug the day away. But street life can be dangerous and most children express a sincere desire to leave the street...

  • THANK YOU

    FOR YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION!
    MATCHING FUNDS - every dollar up to $50, 000 and $100, 000.

    Thank you for being part of a social impact doc and outreach project already energizing Dyslexia Literacy coalitions, non-profits and a grassroots movement. ...

  • It is freedom summer, 1966, on the sweltering Louisiana bayou. In Plaquemines Parish, a young black fisherman, Gary Duncan, sees a some white boys picking on his teenage cousins outside a newly integrated high school. Diffusing the tension, he gently lays his hand on a white boy’s arm. The boy...

  • "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll," "Hype of the Year." Known as the first openly gay rock star, Jobriath's legacy delves deeper than the labels hung upon him. His reign was brief- two years and two albums. Sabotaged by a publicity machine run amok, shunned by the gay...

  • When a model leaves an abusive relationship, she starts making a film about beauty that ends up saving her life.

    (INNER) beauty will save the world

    Our need to fit into a society, to be loved and accepted, create an abyss between who we are and who we become.
    Cris Saur, was...

  • In 2008, California voters approved a bond to start construction of a High Speed Rail link between LA and San Francisco. Further phases will join Sacramento, San Diego and other California cities.High Speed Rail started in Japan in the 1960s. The first line opened in France in the 1980s. Since...

  • FEELING SEEN is a feature length documentary. In the film, director Beth Ryne investigates the personal and social impact of representations of queer women on TV through conversations with TV creators and
    their audience.

    The notion that women who love women will end up alone,...