The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced grants totaling US$75,000 to three short documentary filmmakers from Bhutan, Colombia and the U.S. through its IDA+XRM Media Incubator program.
The incubator was established this year with support from XRM Media, a California-based media technology company dedicated to supporting and financing diversity-driven BIPOC content. The program supports short vérité-style documentary films from around the world, with an emphasis on emerging filmmakers and new perspectives.
Acting as both a fund and a mentorship program, the incubator provides production and post-production grants and mentorship from Oscar- and Emmy-nominated directors. This year’s mentors include Oscar-nominated directors Skye Fitzgerald (Hunger Ward) and Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman), and Emmy-nominated director Nadia Hallgren (Becoming).
Three documentaries receiving IDA+XRM Media Incubator grants of $25,000 each are House of Tulip (pictured, U.S.; Cydney Tucker, director; Zaferhan Yumru, producer; Nadia Hallgren, mentor); Mountain Man (Bhutan; Arun Bhattarai, director/producer; Smriti Mundhra, mentor); and People Like Us (Colombia; Pedro Samper Murillo, director/producer; Skye Fitzgerald, mentor).
IDA has provided over $5.9 million in grants through its documentary funds since 2011, with inclusion and diversity a priority. All three shorts receiving IDA+XRM grants this year were created by filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities. Additionally, one of the projects is directed and produced by makers that identify as LGBTQ+ and one short is directed and/or produced by a woman.
“We are incredibly excited to support three vérité documentary shorts by filmmakers in Bhutan, Colombia and the U.S.,” said Poh Si Teng, director of IDA Funds and the Enterprise Program in a release. “Congratulations to Arun, Pedro and Cydney. IDA, in collaboration with XRM Media, is thrilled to expand our unrestricted grants to support emerging filmmakers and perspectives from across the globe.”
Added Michael Y. Chow, co-founder of XRM Media: “The spirit behind the IDA+XRM Media Incubator is to illuminate stories and voices from around the world. We are thrilled with the global response from over 40 countries and filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and communities. We are honored to support these stories through IDA’s stewardship.”