The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

About the Fund

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. 

A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.

The Pare Lorentz Documentary 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 2020 the focus was criminal justice. Grants average between $15,000 - $25,000. For further insight into the Pare Lorentz application, read "Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund and Criminal Justice?" by Dana Merwin, IDA Program Officer.   Meet the 2020 Pare Lorentz grantees here.

Production and Post-Production Grants up to $25k

2021 Open Call Coming in May