International Documentary Association International Documentary Association

International Documentary Association

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit membership organization works to build a thriving documentary culture through funding, project support, and inclusive programming for nonfiction filmmakers. 

Supporting the Work of Artists, Activists, and Journalists around the Globe

International Documentary Association

In 1982, Linda Buzzell founded the International Documentary Association to bring together like-minded film professionals with a shared mission of expanding the impact, scope, and reach of the documentary genre. Over the years, IDA's flagship programs — Docu-Day, Fiscal Sponsorship, and the IDA Documentary Awards — have expanded their scope and breadth while remaining true to the organization's mission to move documentaries into the limelight and connect audiences with non-fiction films that enrich and deepen our culture. 

Today, the IDA is a dynamic presence in the documentary world, supporting films in all stages of production and assisting filmmakers through the crucial phrases of distribution, outreach, and engagement. Each year, the IDA awards millions of dollars in production and development grants to independent documentarians to help projects get funded, finished, and viewed by a wider community. Its extensive educational programming, workshops, and networking opportunities for filmmakers are designed to advance the important work of documentary storytellers and enlighten the world.

 

GRoW Support

2024

Project - Rev. James Lawson Jr. Documentary Film

2023

Project - Rev. James Lawson Jr. Documentary Film

2021

Project - Rev. James Lawson Jr. Documentary Film

Project - Watts Happening Cultural Center Documentary Film