International Documentary Association: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The International Documentary Association funds grants that support documentary filmmakers with their filmmaking, production, and distribution costs.

IP TAKE: Given this funder's high level of accessibility, filmmakers should expect considerable competition for funding.

PROFILE: The International Documentary Association (IDA) supports nonfiction filmmaking and filmmakers. The association believes that documentary storytelling "expands our understanding of shared human experience" by fostering a more informed and connect world. IDA is "dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture." Its programs provide documentary artists, activists, and journalists with resources and community. IDA also defends their rights and freedoms. 

The IDA grantmaking programs include the Documentary Core Application Project, Pare Lorentz Doc Fund, IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, and an assortment of Other Grants.

IDA’s awards range from $15,000 to $100,000, and its development grants are up to $15,000 to support feature length documentary films working at the intersection of journalism and filmmaking. Specifically, proposals for production grants are due May 26, while distribution grants are due July 28.

For information or inquiries, please contact Jina Chung, Development Manager, at


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