The International Documentary Association (IDA) has unveiled 13 docs that will receive grants through its Enterprise Documentary Fund and Pale Lorentz Documentary Fund.
Ten feature-length projects have been selected as the inaugural development grantees of the Enterprise Documentary Fund, receiving US$15,000 each. The fund, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, supports doc projects that aim to take on contemporary stories and integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process.
“Raising funds for research and development can be a serious challenge,” said Carrie Lozano, director of the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, in a statement. “You have a great idea, but how do you show proof of concept to raise a full budget? Those who are in a position to invest their own time and funds can move their projects along, but that expectation contributes to inequities in the field. Recognizing this challenge, the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund is committed to supporting filmmakers at an early stage, embracing both the risks and rewards of funding both experienced and emerging filmmakers at the beginning.”
In addition, three projects will receive grants totaling US$55,000 through IDA’s Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, created in 2011 to honor the American documentarian. Grants are given to projects that shed light on critical issues in the U.S., and focus on Lorentz’s central concerns: the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems.
“The Pare Lorentz Documentary fund has a history of and firm commitment to supporting filmmakers whose artful, cinematic storytelling give Lorentz’s legacy deep contemporary relevance,” said Amy Halpin, director of filmmaker services. “These three projects all tell timely and uniquely American stories about justice and equity; identity; and about activism and the role of art in social change.”
Documentaries receiving Enterprise Fund development funding are:
- The Community Health Project (working title) – Chiemi Karasawa (director, producer)
- Untitled Border Project – Maisie Crow (director, producer); Heidi Reinberg (producer)
- Ernie and Joe (working title) – Jenifer McShane (director, producer)
- Life Overtakes Me – John Haptas (director, producer); Kris Samuelson (director, producer)
- Lighting Africa – Shayla Harris (director, producer)
- Mayor - David Osit (director, producer); Mohanad Yaqubi (producer)
- The Rashomon Effect – Lyric R. Cabral (director, producer); Jessica Devaney (producer)
- Searching for Kikhia - Jihan Kikhia (director, producer)
- Testament (working title) – Meena Nanji (co-director, producer); Zippy Kimundu (co-director, co-producer)
- Untitled Ramona S. Diaz Film – Ramona S. Diaz (director, producer)
The three projects receiving funding through the Pare Lorentz Fund in 2017, joining four others announced previously, are:
- CripCamp – Jim LeBrecht (director, producer); Nicole Newnham (director, producer); Sara Bolder (producer)
- Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project – Joe Brewster, (director, producer); Michèle Stephenson (director, producer); Amilca Palmer (Producer)
- When We Walk – Jason DaSilva (director, producer); Richard O’Connell (producer); Leigh DaSilva (producer)
The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund is currently accepting applications for production grants up to $100,000. The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018. Visit documentary.org/enterprise for the application and more information.