Grantee Profile

International Documentary Association

Grants to International Documentary Association

  • $4,500

    2017 (Inactive Grant)

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The International Documentary Association (IDA) supports documentary filmmakers by assisting with financial resources, providing educational opportunities, and protecting the rights of documentary filmmakers, artists and journalists. In 2017, the IDA, with support from MacArthur, launched the Enterprise Documentary Fund, which supports the development and production of feature-length documentaries that have a journalistic approach to storytelling. The Fund has garnered international attention and its Director, Carrie Lozano, has been invited to the Cannes Film Festival to speak about the program. This grant enables Lozano’s participation on a panel at Doc Day, a special daylong event focused on the art of documentary filmmaking, in its third year at the Cannes Film Festival. Participation in this panel allows IDA to introduce the Fund to an international network of filmmakers, funders, distributors and other industry representatives.

  • $100,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The International Documentary Association (IDA) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to serving the needs of a growing, global community of documentary filmmakers. Founded in 1982, its work includes funding journalistic documentaries through the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund; providing fiscal sponsorship services for films; convening conferences and events; and leveraging legal resources to defend rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists. This grant supports a planning process for the IDA Documentary/Journalism Project, an initiative that will establish a plan for creating a robust network of supports and financial resources to address the issues facing independent documentary filmmakers taking on in-depth exploration of contemporary stories through a journalistic approach.

  • $5,000,000

    2016 (Duration 4 years)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The International Documentary Association (IDA) is a nonprofit membership organization that works to address the needs of a global community of documentary filmmakers. It provides grants for documentary films; serves as a fiscal sponsor for documentary projects; convenes conferences to discuss issues facing the field; publishes the quarterly Documentary magazine; and honors the best in documentary film yearly at the IDA Awards. This award supports the implementation of a new grant program and the development of a network of multidisciplinary resources to support journalistic documentary films being produced by U.S. filmmakers. The intended outcome of this grant is that a greater number of documentary films by diverse filmmakers about critical contemporary issues are better resourced and protected, and therefore, better able to inform Americans about the human impacts of public policy.

  • $80,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — In support of the documentary film "Maid in America".

  • $10,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To support the documentary film "Maid in America."

The MacArthur Foundation awarded International Documentary Association $5,194,500 between 1978 and 2017.

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