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The global IDA membership includes professionals from diverse roles within the non-fiction field. We are documentary workers, professionals, thought leaders, and innovators from around the world, united by our passion for the non-fiction form. We celebrate the work of our members during the festival season and every day! With the upcoming BlackStar Film Festival, we are excited to celebrate our members who have films in the festival as directors, writers, producers, and in various other roles.
Documentary is happy to debut an exclusive clip from Dan Covert’s Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life , a SXSW Audience Award-winning biodoc about the prolific artist whose work has been exhibited in...
The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) has received $500,000 from the Doris Duke Foundation’s Building Bridges Program to provide multi-year support through a collaborative fellowship with the Sundance...
Rodolfo Castillo-Morales is a Mexican filmmaker and programmer. He has participated in several fiction and documentary short films, video art installations, feature and documentary series, and has photogpraphed documentaries with directors from Mexico, Spain, El Salvador and Serbia. He was the programmer of DocsMX and co-creator of Plataforma MX in Mexico City. Today he’s the Programming Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the FICG Cinematheque as well as General Coordinator of DocuLab: Documentary Laboratory. Currently, he is preparing two documentary features as director, writer, and Cinematographer.
Whether we are unemployed creatives, overwhelmed freelancers, or underpaid employees, it can often seem like everyone else has figured it out. Social media is a constant stream of people announcing new jobs, festival screenings, and prestigious grants and awards. Yet more often than not, the filmmaker who had the big premiere, received all the accolades, and even successfully sold their film is still struggling to get by, just like the rest of us. So how are filmmakers actually making a living?
Elahe is an award-winning filmmaker. Her films include 'The Doll' (Critics Choice Nominee, IDA Nominee, Student Academy Awards, Best International Short Hot Docs 2021), 'Can I Hug You?' (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2023, SIMA Awards Best Short 2024), and 'A Move' (Visions du Réel 2024 Best Youth Jury Short) which spanned over 50 festivals and competitions, reflects her prowess in storytelling and women's rights advocacy. Elahe's projects are supported by IDA, One World Media; awarded on forums such as Dok Leipzig Short-n-sweet; and broadcasted/streamed via platforms such as NPO, VPRO, DW, VG, etc.
The Asian American Documentary Network, colloquially known as A-Doc, announces nine participants across two funding initiatives: the Our Stories, Our Voices Microdocs series, and the inaugural Impact...
American Documentary, the nonprofit organization behind POV, POV Shorts , and America ReFramed , announces the 12 selected Wyncote Fellows who will attend the PBS Annual Meeting in a curated program...
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) announced the launch of the Building Bridges Documentary Fund at IDA's Getting Real '24 conference on April 18, 2024, at the Japanese American National Museum Tateuchi Democracy Forum. This pioneering initiative, generously funded by the Doris Duke Foundation, is designed to support and elevate the voices of Muslim filmmakers across the United States, promoting a deeper understanding of the Muslim experience through the powerful medium of documentary film. Applications for the 2024 Building Bridges Documentary Fund are open now through June 17, 2024.
Stephen Maing is an Emmy-award winning director and cinematographer based in New York City. His most recent film, UNION (2024), which he directed, filmed, and edited, is an immersive cinéma vérité account of the historic efforts by workers to unionize the first Amazon fulfillment center.