The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

About the Fund

Made possible by the New York Community Trust, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports feature-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing.

The Fund provides production and post-production grants to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate issues in the United States. Each year the fund will focus on select issue areas that were hallmarks of Pare Lorentz's films.

In 2021 the focus is Challenging White Supremacy with grants averaging between $15,000 - $25,000. To introduce the theme, NPR film critic Eric Deggans will lead a discussion on systematic racism and documentaries. IDA Funds Director Poh Si Teng and grantees Jon-Sesrie Goff (After Sherman) and Hillary Pierce (At The Ready) will share their perspectives on exploring and challenging white surpremacist structures in the United States through using non-fiction storytelling. RSVP to learn more about the theme.


Production and Post-Production Grants up to $25k

Applications Deadline: Monday, June 28, 2021

2021 THEME: CHALLENGING WHITE SUPREMACY             

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