Whether you’re a filmmaker, work in the industry, or just love documentaries, the IDA has a membership that fits your needs, interests and budget. And you can feel good knowing that your annual dues help us build and serve the needs of a thriving documentary culture.

Looking for group memberships? We offer corporate, institutional and organizational memberships.

Already a member? Thanks for your support. You're in the right place to sign on for another year of great IDA benefits.

If you have any questions regarding our membership, please contact us at membership@documentary.org.


Be a part the IDA Family! As a filmmaker or industry professional you’ll get useful benefits including discounts on our hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, eligibility for fiscal sponsorship, unlimited access to Doc U Online, and much more.

As a documentary film enthusiast, you’ll enjoy perks like our quarterly Documentary magazine and priority seating at IDA screenings, discounted admission to IDA Documentary Award, IDA Conversation Series, and more!

ORDERIndividual $85 + BENEFITS


  • A current student ID is required for verification
  • All Associate member benefits
  • Discounts to IDA public programs, such as IDA Conversation Series, DocuDay and the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony
  • Discounts on project submission to the IDA Documentary Awards student category
  • Discounts to education seminars, including Master Classes and panels
  • Discounted passes to Getting Real documentary conference
  • The Student-level membership is not tax-deductible

ORDERAssociate $55 + BENEFITS

  • Complimentary subscription to our quarterly print publication, Documentary magazine
  • Access to Doc U Online seminar videos
  • Access to and listing in our online Member Directory
  • Access to 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, through IDA Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Access to IDA member-exclusive digital screenings
  • Stream 20 documentaries online and vote for Best Feature and Best Short in the IDA Documentary Awards
  • Priority seating at IDA in-person screenings
  • Invitation to IDA Mingles
  • $10 of the Associate-level membership gift is tax-deductible

Join the IDA Champion Circle

Our Champion Circle provides critical support for IDA programs, allowing us to offer affordable training and professional development for documentary makers. In recognition of your generosity, you may be recognized and thanked with special opportunities and perks.

ORDERCollaborator $250 + PERKS

  • All Individual membership benefits
  • Acknowledgment in our Annual Report and Documentary magazine
  • $205 of the Collaborator-level membership gift is tax-deductible

ORDERFriend $500 + PERKS

  • All Collaborator perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Two (2) passes to DocuDay LA
  • Invitations to "meet the filmmaker" receptions after events
  • $285 of the Friend-level membership gift is tax-deductible

ORDERAlly $1,000 + PERKS

  • All Friend perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Invitations to special donor events
  • $785 of the Ally-level membership is tax-deductible

ORDERSupporter $2,500 + PERKS

  • All Ally perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Two (2) passes to all Conversation Series programs
  • Four (4) passes to DocuDay LA
  • Priority seating at the Screening Series (for up to 4 people) with advance notification
  • $2,085 of the Supporter-level membership gift is tax-deductible

ORDERTrustee $5,000 + PERKS

  • All Supporter perks and Individual membership benefits
  • One (1) complimentary ticket to the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony
  • Invitation to an intimate screening and reception with a filmmaker
  • $4,185 of the Trustee-level membership is tax-deductible

ORDERAdvocate $10,000 + PERKS

  • All Trustee perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony
  • Advocate-level membership gift is fully tax-deductible

ORDERChampion $25,000 + PERKS

  • All Advocate perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Champion-level membership gift is fully tax-deductible