Fiscal Sponsorship

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.

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IDA Documentary Awards

IDA Members receive exclusive discounts on project submissions to the IDA Documentary Awards. 

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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. 

To request a consultation letter, please send a cover letter, the petition, CV, and all supporting materials to membership@documentary.og.

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 *Excludes minimum-priced, exclusive and “call-for” content (as designated on the Getty Images website)*

  • Complimentary online research assistance

  • Access to high-res and non-watermarked easy-access comp stock materials. You can use these images and videos for work-in-progress projects’ test or private pitch purposes. You can't use the comp images in any final materials or any publicly available materials unless you purchase the license.

  • A direct point-of-contact who can assist with research and easy-access high-res comp images requests, negotiating licensing fees, compiling licensing paperwork, access to the non-digitized library, other Getty Images products, and any questions related to third-party clearances.

For more information, read the announcement blog, "IDA Announces Special Member Benefits with Getty Images." To request your benefits, please email with the subject line “Getty Images Member Benefit Inquiry.” 

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. 

Through this partnership, Archive Valley will offer all non-associate level members exclusive access to: 

  • A 15% discount on an Archive Valley Premium Membership 

  • A 15% discount on your first Archive Valley Archival Productions service

  • A 15% discount to an online Archive Valley Masterclass

  • A direct point-of-contact at Archive Valley for online assistance

  • Access to industry webinars and replays

For more information, read the announcement blog, "IDA Announces Special Member Benefits with Archive Valley." To request your benefits, please email with the subject line “Archive Valley Member Benefit Inquiry.”

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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