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Educational Seminars

Our year-round series of seminars, panels and workshops focusing on the art, craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Become an IDA member to access previous seminars online.

Join us for a NYC panel discussion about the power of cultural exchange through documentary storytelling.

Join us for a daylong exploration of documentary podcasting and audio documentaries.

Get the primer on applying for funding from the NEH's Media Projects grants and California Documentary Project Tues. Aug 20th.

Join us for an exciting West Coast edition of Women Make the Cut: A Discussion with Female Documentary Editors.

Learn how fiscal sponsorship can help you raise funds for your film project at any stage with IDA’s Filmmaker Services Manager, Toni Bell.

Getty Images' Heather Tanning, Manager of Production Market Strategy, and Patty Lok, Senior Project Manager Rights & Clearance join us to shine a light on how Getty Images works directly with filmmakers to help them license media at a price that fits their budget, and how you can utilize Getty Images’ valuable photos, illustrations, video and music clips for your documentary projects.

Join us for an Extended Reality (XR) Master Class with VR editor and producer Jennifer Tiexiera. Learn how to utilize new technology to tell an experiential story and develop effective strategies for funding and distribution.

Join us for a revealing seminar breaking down the do’s and don'ts of grant writing.

IDA & New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) present a special east coast conversation with female documentary editors features film editors Mary Manhardt (Making a Murderer, Street Fight), Carla Gutierrez (RBG, Reportero) and Maya Mumma (OJ: Made in America; Daughters of Destiny).