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.

What is the date and time of the deadline?

The application portal on will close Sunday April 1 at 11:59pm PST. We highly recommend starting your upload no later than April 1 at 11pm PST to avoid technical difficutlies. 

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.

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 can be less but no more than the first 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 trailer, 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, 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.