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International Documentary Association 2024 Funding Opportunities

International Documentary Association 2024 Funding Opportunities – Applications are now open for this year’s IDA Open Call! Applications for IDA’s two flagship funding opportunities close on June 25 for non-IDA members and July 9 for IDA members.

2024 Enterprise Production Guidelines

IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund supports in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process.

The Enterprise Documentary Fund was established in 2017 to respond to the needs of documentarians working alone or in small teams who are increasingly taking on high-stakes storytelling which was once the domain of legacy media. The fund prioritizes projects attempting to combat the misinformation being shared on social media and other internet platforms, using journalistic principles (such as fact-checking and rigorous, methodical research) to arrive at a verifiable truth.

2024 Pare Lorentz Production Guidelines

Made possible by the New York Community Trust, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports feature-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, artistic writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork, and editing.

To Apply:

  1. First, review all eligibility requirements for the grant(s) you intend to apply to.
  1. Click on the “Open Call Application” button above to enter the application portal on Jotform.
  2. As you fill out the 2024 Open Call application, you can save it and return to it as often as needed until you are ready to submit it. To complete the application you will need your general project and applicant information, a comprehensive expense budget, a work sample, and demographic information for one key creative team member, if you wish to complete the optional demographic questions. To preview the application questions without opening the application portal, click here.
  3. Applicants must submit a link to a streaming version of their captioned visual work sample for the current project they are applying with. For more requirements on this work sample, please review the 2024 Open Call Application Questions.

Submission Portal

If you need additional assistance or an alternative way of submitting the application, please contact funds@documentary.org.

We welcome applications from all IDA members and non-members. A documentary.org user account is not necessary. This year, grant applications are accepted and processed through jotform.com. You do not need to create an account with Jotform to submit the application. However, we recommend making an account, because it will be easier to access your application draft.

How to Create a Jotform Account:

At the bottom of the Open Call application, select “Save.” Then Select, “Sign up with email” and enter your Name, Email, and password. You will then be able to save your application in your new Jotfrom account.

How to Save Your Application Without a Jotform Account:

If you do not create a Jotform account and wish to save your draft, you will have the option to request an email with a link to your application draft. At the bottom of the form, select “Save”, then “Skip Create an Account.” You can then enter your email and select “Send” and you will receive an email with the link to your draft. The email will come from the email address, noreply@formresponse.comIf this link is lost and you don’t have an account, there is nothing we can do to recover your application draft.

IDA Membership logins will not work for the application on Jotform. If you are experiencing a problem logging onto Jotform, please reset your password through the main Jotform login page.

Key Dates & Guidelines

Open Call Begins: May 29, 2024
Deadline for non-IDA members: June 25, 2024
Deadline for IDA members: July 9, 2024. Please fill out the form in the IDA Membership Portal to request your member extension by June 25, 2024.

  • To preview the application questions, please click here.
  • For guidelines on how to Apply to Enterprise, please click here.
  • For guidelines on how to Apply to Pare Lorentz, please click here.

For more information: Visit the website for International Documentary Association 2024 Funding Opportunities


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