For Artists / Opportunities

IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund / Grant / Call for Artists

Submission fee


The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides production funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.


•Applicant must be the director and/or creative producer and must retain creative and editorial control.
•Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident and 18 years of age.
•Applicant must have directed and/or produced a minimum of two feature-length films (40 minutes or longer) or an equivalent documentary series or two broadcast hours.
•Film must be in production. Production costs may include staff, crew, travel, gear rental and office expenses during the production period. Films with principal research and development completed are especially encouraged to apply. Films nearing the end of production will be considered, but post-production activities will not be funded.
•Subject may be domestic or international.
•Film must be intended to reach a large and broad audience (a broadcast commitment is not necessary).
•Access to major participants must be secured.
•Journalistic practice must be integral to the project, with a commitment to fairness and accuracy. Journalistic practice is broadly defined and may include, but is not limited to, extensive research, accessing public records, an accountability or investigative approach, the need to protect sources or media, a heavy reliance on facts, or navigating hostile environments.
•Stories must be contemporary and of an urgent or critically important nature. Biographies and historical films will only be considered if they have a clear contemporary angle.
•There are no restrictions on style, aesthetics or treatment.
•The proposal must include an online work sample of 10-15 minutes in length (Rough cuts will not be reviewed. If you submit a rough cut, only the first 15 minutes will be reviewed.)
•Grant requests may be up to $100k.
•The applicant is not required to be a member of IDA.
•The applicant is not required to have nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship.
•Student films are ineligible.
•Completed films are ineligible.
•Short documentaries (under 40 minutes finished run time) are ineligible.

Eligible media

Film/Media Arts