The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.
  • Submissions will be accepted on a year-round, rolling basis.

  • The applicant must be a producer and/or director of the submitted work.

  • The applicant must be an independent filmmaker working on an original project. For the purposes of this program, IDA defines an independent filmmaker as a content creator who both owns the copyright of his or her 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 are ineligible.

  • The project must be in post-production at the late rough or fine cut stage - almost finished but before picture lock.

  • The project should be a feature length documentary (40 - 90 minutes max).

  • The project director must be present at the screening in New York and Los Angeles. Those screening in New York  are required to be local to the city. Those screening in Los Angeles are not required to be local. IDA will not reimburse or cover any travel expenses.

  • The applicant is not required to be a member of IDA to be eligible to apply.

  • Student films are ineligible.

  • Completed/picture locked films are ineligible.

  • The applicant (Project Director) must be 18 years of age or older.

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides development funds up to $15,000 to documentary projects taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.

A program of the International Documentary Association, the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund is made possible by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

For full guidelines and eligibility criteria, please visit,

International Documentary Association