IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund FAQ

Production Grant

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 will I be notified?

Applicants will be notified by September 2018.

Can I provide an update?

Finalists will be invited to provide a project update.

Are there exceptions to the credit requirement?

No, we cannot make exceptions. If you are an emerging filmmaker and have a project in development, you are eligible to apply to the development fund in September.

What is a creative producer?

A creative producer is a term used to describe a producer who shares editorial control of the film, not just logistical and financial responsibilities. The actual written credit is generally “producer.”

Can I submit multiple projects?

No, each applicant can only submit one project.

Is a work sample required?

Yes, you must submit a work sample for the project you are proposing.

Do you accept international co-productions?

Yes, so long as the primary applicant (director and/or producer) is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

What production-related costs are acceptable?

Production costs may include staff, crew, travel, gear rental, office expenses, insurance and some legal costs during the production period. Films nearing the end of production will be considered if there are production elements remaining, such as pick up interviews. Post-production costs, including editing and animation, are not included in this grant.

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.