The International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) are joining together to support documentary filmmakers funded through the IDA’s Enterprise Documentary Fund.
IDA’s doc fund will provide grants totaling $1 million annually for four years to support the production and development of documentary films that examine in-depth contemporary stories through a journalistic lens. The RCFP will provide the necessary expertise to funded projects on issues around newsgathering and the First Amendment. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will support this project.
“Independent documentarians are increasingly investigating complex and essential current affairs stories – covering issues that need considerable time and resources to develop,” said Carrie Lozano, director of IDA’s Enterprise Fund (pictured), in a statement. “The partnership between IDA and RCFP will provide much needed legal support for filmmakers who are often working without this necessary expertise.”
IDA’s Enterprise Fund is currently accepting projects for consideration for production support. The deadline to apply is May 26.