The International Documentary Association (IDA) has unveiled the 11 docs that have been selected as part of the inaugural production grantees of the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund.
The fund, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, supports feature-length docs that explore original and contemporary stories, and integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process.
The selections were made by veteran journalists, filmmakers, and programmers following a review process from 250 submissions.
The selected films will receive US$850,000 in addition to resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project.
“The inaugural IDA Enterprise Production Fund grantees are producing deeply reported, original documentary films,” said Carrie Lozano, director of the IDA Enterprise Fund, in a statement. “Through their engaging storytelling and extraordinary access to their subjects, the films provide unique insights into some of the most pressing issues in the public discourse, and shed light on a range of underreported topics. While the subjects and approaches vary, the grantees as a whole represent excellence in independent filmmaking and strong visions and voices, and we are delighted to support them in this important work.”
Of the 11 projects, seven are directed by women, 10 have female directors and/or producers, seven are directed by filmmakers of color, and eight are directed and/or produced by filmmakers of color.
“The MacArthur Foundation is proud to continue our long tradition of providing major support to independent journalistic documentaries through the IDA,” added Kathy Im, director of the journalism and media program at MacArthur, in a statement. “The inaugural grantee projects are positioned to inform, engage and inspire the American public to think critically and deeply about the challenges facing our nation and the world.”
Documentaries receiving funding are:
The Blue Wall
Director: Richard Rowley
Producers: Jamie Kalven, Jacqueline Soohen
Born in China
Director/producers: Nanfu Wang, Lynn Zhang
Producers: Christoph Jorg, Julie Goldman
Director: Marilyn Ness
Producers: Katy Chevigny, Julie Goldman
Crime + Punishment
Director/producer: Stephen Maing
Enemies of the State
Director: Sonia Kennebeck
Producer: Ines Hofmann Kanna
The Feeling of Being Watched
Director/producer: Assia Boundaoui
Producer: Jessica Devaney
Director: Byron Hurt
Producers: Denise A. Greene, Natalie Bullock Brown
Director/producer: Tom Casciato
Producer: Reniqua Allen
Made in Boise
Director/producer: Beth Aala
Director/producer: Cynthia Lowen
Slaves Among Us
Directors/producers: Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel