Access to 501(c)(3) nonprofit status through the IDA Fiscal Sponsorship program

IDA members receive eligibility in becoming a sponsored project of IDA. This arrangement allows projects to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations for your documentary, with the oversight, support and endorsement of one of the longest-standing and most trusted charities in the field. Please note, membership does not warrant automatic acceptance into the program, you are required to apply first.

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IDA Documentary Awards

IDA members receive exclusive discounts on project submissions to the IDA Documentary Awards. If you are not a filmmaker, members also get the exclusive benefit of streaming all the IDA Documentary Awards Best Feature and Best Short nominees from anywhere in the world, selecting their favorites through an online judging portal.

Support for O and P category visas with a letter of no objection for qualified applicants

For non-US IDA members, we offer advisory opinion review for your O and P category visa petitions. You must provide a full copy of your USCIS petition and any supporting documents and work samples proving the strength of your qualifications. IDA will accept or deny requests for consultation letters based on the evidence petitioners provide. If the documentation satisfies the applicable evidentiary criteria, the IDA will issue a “no objection” letter. 

Discounts to partner festivals and events

Support our partners in the documentary community through their annual festivals and events. Get exclusive discounts on passes and Call for Entries submissions to some of the best festivals in the industry. 

Exclusive discounts on footage services, software, and streaming platforms

Getty Images

Getty Images represents over 300 million editorial and creative photos and over 11 million video clips, in addition to a full selection of music tracks and sound effects. Exclusive IDA member benefits include a 15% minimum discount on all applicable photos and video clips, complimentary online research assistance, access to high-res and non-watermarked easy-access comp stock materials, and more.

Archive Valley

Archive Valley is an online platform that gives documentary filmmakers unprecedented access to archival footage from all over the world, by bringing together 500 archive researchers and 50 footage providers under one roof. IDA members receive a 15% discount on an Archive Valley Premium Membership, archival productions service, online Masterclass, and more.


Directing a film, managing a crew, interviewing subjects, and keeping track of your budget? Supporting yourself as a small business owner is no easy feat. IDA members receive 40% off Quickbooks subscriptions for the first six months.


With the goal of elevating shorts above the oceans of social media content, Argo’s short film platform provides a discovery home for filmmakers and film fans alike. The platform works on a revenue-share basis with a goal to ensure creators have the opportunity to truly showcase their work and inspire the new wave of independent film. IDA members will receive three months of complimentary exclusive access to Argo. 

More Benefits Coming Soon!

We are currently working on securing new benefits to support documentarians like you. Some of the benefits we plan to include are new E&O insurance discount provider, post-production, transcription, and music licensing services.

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