Grant writing is tedious. From navigating the guidelines to receiving feedback, it’s a part of the creative process that is often overlooked. As a funder, IDA, in partnership with Sundance, has led the shift towards a more transparent and equitable application process through the Documentary Core Application Project. To further assist filmmakers, IDA has taken its Grant Writing Master Class on the road to demystify the application process for more creators around the world. In each city, we not only break down best practices but sometimes also enlist an IDA-funded filmmaker to share their application as a case study. Grant seekers have the unique opportunity to directly hear from their colleagues, learning from their mistakes and successes. Together, our goal is to impart skills and knowledge that will strengthen every documentarian's grant-writing process.

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30am
    Washington, DC

    In this highly practicable session, moderated by International Documentary Association (IDA) Program Officer Dana Merwin, we unpack the grant-writing process with director Beth Aala and producer Beth Levison, whose documentary Made in Boise has its world premiere at this year's AFI DOCS.

  • Friday, March 8, 2019 - 3:00pm
    Austin, TX

    We are teaming up with Austin Film Society to provide a free two-hour grant writing workshop including a case study with filmmaker Jenifer McShane (Ernie & Joe, 2019 SXSW Premiere) and an opportunity for feedback on your project synopsis.