The International Documentary Association (IDA) has named this year’s winners of the Enterprise Documentary Fund’s journalistic doc grants.
The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, launched in 2017, supports feature-length documentary films telling urgent, revelatory stories underpinned by rigorous journalistic approaches and exemplary artistic achievement, with major support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Previous winners include Rachel Lears’ Knock Down the House (pictured) and Nanfu Wang and Lynn Zhang’s One Child Nation.
The latest cohort of 12 films receiving production grants were unveiled at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
The films selected will receive a total of US$850,000 in direct funding, along with additional resources and expertise through IDA and its partners: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the UCLA Documentary Film Legal Clinic, and Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors. Additional support is provided by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The full list of winners is as follows:
- Democrats II (Camilla Nielsson, director; Joslyn Barnes, producer; Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer)
- Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (Michele Stephenson, director/producer; Joe Brewster, director/producer)
- Israel and the Evangelical Christians (working title) (Maya Zinshtein, director/producer; Abraham Troen, producer; John Battsek, producer)
- Mayor (David Osit, director/producer)
- Reentry (working title) (Jennifer Redfearn, director/producer; Tim Metzger, producer)
- Run With It (Nomi Talisman, director/producer; Dee Hibbert-Jones, director/producer; Amilca Palmer, producer)
- Untitled Annie Mae Aquash Documentary (Michelle Latimer, director; Caroline Waterlow, producer; Amy Kaufman, producer)
- Untitled Criminal Justice/High School Project (Maisie Crow, director/producer; Heidi Reinberg, producer)
- Untitled De-documented Salvadorans (Nina Alvarez, director/producer)
- Untitled Jamie Boyle Project (Jamie Boyle, director/producer; Marilyn Ness, producer; Elizabeth Westrate, producer)
- Untitled Missouri Priests Film (Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, producer; Susan Bedusa, producer; Bennett Elliott, producer)
- Users (Natalia Almada, director/producer; Josh Penn, producer; Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, producer)
“These films, which were selected through an extensive review process, examine their subjects with a depth and artistry that is truly remarkable,” said Carrie Lozano, director of the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, in a statement. “While they are crafting radically different stories, what they share in common are sophisticated and nuanced approaches that are as insightful as they are gripping, provoking audiences to contemplate the contradictions and complexities of the modern world.”