The International Documentary Association unveiled the 11 recipients of its 2021 In-Kind Documentary Screening Series Grant on Tuesday (Sept. 21).
First piloted last year, the grant expanded in 2021 to support filmmakers from any historically excluded community, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, D/deaf and disabled filmmakers. The IDA wants to minimize the financial burdens associated with pursuing a film awards campaign with the grant.
The package that recipients receive, which is valued at US$15,000, includes an IDA Documentary Screening Series virtual screening event with moderated filmmaker Q&A, print advertising in Documentary magazine, digital advertising on IDA channels and a complimentary annual Doc Maker membership.
“We recognized and saw the need to create support that takes some of the financial burden away from independent makers undertaking self-financed awards campaigns. As awards seasons continue to grow longer and campaigns become more expensive, we must all continue to take bold actions to create a more equitable and inclusive documentary field,” said Jina Chung, Sr. Dr. Development & Partnerships with the IDA.
The 11 selected films will be included in the IDA Documentary Screening Series, a curated collection of acclaimed documentary films from the previous year. The series runs from Sept. 20 to Dec. 16, with filmmaker conversations hosted both in person and virtually.
The following films will receive the 2021 IDA Documentary Screening Series grant:
Elena (directed by Michèle Stephenson, produced by Joe Brewster)
Faya Dayi (directed and produced by Jessica Beshir)
Ferguson Rises (directed by Mobolaji Olambiwonnu)
Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres (directed and produced by Suzanne Joe Kai)
Not Going Quietly (directed by Nicholas Bruckman, produced by Amanda Roddy)
Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam (directed by Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen, produced by Jørgen Lorentzen)
The Neutral Ground(directed by CJ Hunt, produced by Darcy McKinnon)
Three Songs for Benazir (directed and produced by Gulistan and Elizabeth Mirzaei)
Try Harder! (directed by Debbie Lum, produced by Nico Opper and Lou Nakasako)
Writing With Fire (directed and produced by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh)