The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.

In 2021, due to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, DocuClub will be held virtually. Screenings will be held on the Eventive platform, and feedback discussions will take place in a Zoom meeting immediately following screenings.

We accept applications on a year-round, rolling basis from independent filmmakers. Details related to preferred screening times will be included in the online application.

For questions on participating in DocuClub, or if you need accessibility assistance in the application process, please email or call (213) 232-1660 ext 209.

Applicant Eligibility

  • The applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The applicant must be an independent producer and/or director of the original project. For the purposes of this program, an independent filmmaker is a content creator who both owns the copyright of their work and has full artistic, budgetary, and editorial control of the documentary project. Documentaries being produced for or under the direction of a third party, such as a broadcast entity, university, foundation, or nonprofit organization (excluding a fiscal sponsor) are ineligible.

Project Eligibility

  • The project must be in post-production at the late rough or fine cut stage at the time of the screening—almost finished but with room for changes based on feedback. The project cannot be picture locked.

Accepted documentary formats:

  • Short: any length up to 40 minutes. Depending on the run time, the project may be presented with another short or series.
  • Feature: only up to 90 minutes of the project will be screened.
  • Series: at least one episode must be screened, with a maximum total run time of 90 minutes. Depending on the run time, the project may be presented with another short or series.
  • The project must have a direct connection to the region you apply for - either a key creative team member (Director, Producer, Editor) must reside in that region OR the film takes place in that region. Selected Director/Producer/Editor must attend the screening.
  • Student films are ineligible.

The IDA+XRM Media Incubator supports short character-driven vérité documentary films from around the globe, with an emphasis on emerging filmmakers and new perspectives. Both a fund and a mentorship program, the Incubator provides production and post-production grants and mentorship from Academy and Emmy award-nominated directors to filmmakers crafting immersive character-driven observational shorts. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.

With major support from XRM Media, the Incubator will grant three filmmakers with $25,000 each. In 2021, the Incubator mentors are Oscar-nominated directors Skye Fitzgerald (Hunger Ward) and Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman), and Emmy-nominated director Nadia Hallgren (Becoming).

Application closes August 2 at 11:00 PM PT. For full guidelines and eligibility criteria, please visit:


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