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IDA unveils cohort to receive Enterprise Documentary Fund grants

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has revealed the cohort of 13 films receiving its Enterprise Documentary Fund production grants at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington, D.C. With support ...
October 21, 2020

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has revealed the cohort of 13 films receiving its Enterprise Documentary Fund production grants at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington, D.C.

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides grants to feature-length documentary films telling urgent, revelatory stories underpinned by rigorous journalistic approaches and exemplary artistic achievement.

All 15 projects selected are directed and/or produced by a woman, and 13 of the 15 projects have a BIPOC director and/or producer. Additionally, five directors and/or producers identify as LGBTQ and two identify as disabled.

Selected from more than 300 applications, the films will receive a total of US$850,000 in funding.

Grantees also receive 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.

Since 2017, IDA has awarded $3.9 million in filmmaker grants through its Enterprise granting programs.

The organization also named Nausheen Dadabhoy and Jialing Zhang as recipients of the Logan Elevate Grants ($25,000 each).

Supported by The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Logan Elevate Grants support emerging women filmmakers of color.

Dadabhoy was awarded for the film An Act of Worship, currently in production; while Zhang received grants for two projects in production, including Untitled Chinese in Africa Project.

Documentaries receiving Enterprise funding are:

After Sherman (Jon-Sesrie Goff, director/producer; blair dorosh-walther, producer; Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, producer)

Aftershock (pictured; Paula Eiselt, director/producer; Tonya Lewis Lee, director/producer)

Body Parts (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, director; Helen Hood Scheer, producer)

Driver (Nesa Azimi, director/producer)

Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard (David Grubin, director/producer; Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, director/producer)

Hossain (Taimi Arvidson, director; Brette Ragland, producer; Mohamed “Micho” El Manasterly, producer; Ali Ahsan, producer)

Magic & Monsters (w/t; Norah Shapiro, director/producer; Mark Steele, producer; Elizabeth Foy Larsen, producer)

Razing Liberty Square (Katja Esson, director/producer; Ann Bennett, producer)

Riotsville, USA (Sierra Pettengill, director; Sara Archambault, producer; Jamila Wignot, producer)

Testament (w/t; Meena Nanji, co-director/co-producer; Zippy Kimundu, co-director/co-producer)

Untitled Amazon Documentary (Alex Pritz, director; Will Miller, producer)

Untitled Free Speech Project (Julia Bacha, director; Suhad Babaa, producer; Daniel J. Chalfen, producer)

Untitled Stasi (Gabriel Silverman, director/producer; Jamie Coughlin, producer/director)

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