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.

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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 discounted admission to IDA events, including DocuDay, the IDA Documentary Award, IDA Conversation Series, and more!

ORDERIndividual $85 + BENEFITS

  • Complimentary subscription to our quarterly print publication, Documentary magazine
  • Access to Doc U Seminars Online
  • Access to and listing in our online Member Directory
  • Discounts to IDA events, such as  DocuDay and the IDA Documentary Awards
  • Discounts to education programs, including IDA Conversation Series, Master Classes, and Tech Days
  • Access to 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, through IDA Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Stream 20 documentaries online and vote for Best Feature and Best Short in the IDA Documentary Awards
  • Priority seating at IDA screenings
  • Support for O and P category visas with a letter of no objection for all qualified applicants
  • Invitation to annual Friends of IDA Mixer

ORDERAssociate $55 + BENEFITS

All individual membership benefits, minus all discounts to IDA events, educational seminars and programs


All individual membership benefits, minus support for O and P visas. A current student ID is required.


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

ORDERFriend $500 + PERKS

  • All Collaborator perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Two (2) passes to DocuDay LA
  • Invitations to "meet the filmmaker" receptions after events

ORDERAlly $1,000 + PERKS

  • All Friend perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Invitations to special donor events

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

ORDERTrustee $5,000 + PERKS

  • All Supporter perks and Individual membership benefits
  • One (1) complimentary ticket to IDA Documentary Awards
  • Invitation to an intimate screening and reception with a filmmaker

ORDERAdvocate $10,000 + PERKS

  • All Trustee perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to IDA Documentary Awards
  • Invitation to Special Recognition Event for members of Leadership Circle

ORDERChampion $25,000 + PERKS

  • All Advocate perks and Individual membership benefits
  • Intimate dinner with Executive Director and a filmmaker following an event