The IDA is dedicated to the vision of a world where documentary creators flourish. Through our work, we connect audiences with the best of the form, provide resources, create community, and defend the rights and freedoms of documentary artists, activists and journalists around the globe. We do this work because we believe that documentaries enrich and deepen our culture, fostering a more informed and connected world.         

  • IDA represents a global community of filmmakers and we serve thousands of individual and organizational members worldwide. become an ida member

  • We award $1.2 million annually in production and development grants directly to documentary filmmakers annually, along with technical and legal support.

  • We help filmmakers raise more than $8.5 million annually to support documentaries in production. Learn more about Fiscal Sponsorship 

  • We reach an online community of 33,700 email subscribers and 81,000 social media users. join our list

  • On average, over 26,000 users from 200 countries read Documentary magazine editorial content each month

  • 16,000 people register for our programs and events annually. Upcoming Events

  • 1,000 documentary filmmakers and industry professionals participate in Getting Real, IDA’s biennial conference in Los Angeles.

  • The IDA Documentary Awards are the most prestigious documentary-focused awards in the industry, and 600+ leaders attend the annual ceremony. 

IDA is actively invested in nurturing a global, multi-faceted documentary community. In 2019 alone, 74% of stories funded by IDA fiscal sponsorship and grant programs were directed by women, 70% by directors from communities of color, and 22% by LGBTQ+ individuals. From 2016 through 2019, more than $27 million has been awarded to storytellers around the world, making IDA the largest global fiscal sponsor focused exclusively on documentary projects.

Our diverse offerings of Master Classes, seminars and North America’s only peer-to-peer biannual documentary conference, Getting Real, reflect IDA’s commitment to professional development and community-building. Filmmakers from coast to coast learn from celebrated artists and renowned industry experts through year-round sessions. In 2019, we hosted over 70 educational sessions for nearly 6,000 attendees in eight cities.

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