2022 Enterprise Documentary Fund Production Grantees
IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund supports in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. The fund is supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with additional support from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.
This year, eleven projects were selected out of 248 applicants to receive a total of $600,000 in production grants. Awarded projects are currently in production in six countries, including Armenia, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Russia, and the USA. Amongst the filmmakers at the helm of selected projects, 70% are filmmakers of color, 70% are women or gender-non-conforming filmmakers, and 40% identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This year’s selection panel included Robert Chang (Coordinating Producer at POV), Andre Gary (Director of Documentary Films at National Geographic), Martine Granby (Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Connecticut), Christine Kecher (Senior Commissioning Editor, Op-Docs at The New York Times), Rodrigo Reyes (Documentary Filmmaker), and Rintu Thomas (Documentary Filmmaker).
In a statement, the panel noted: “As we confront a restructured world, the jurors were impressed by these documentary filmmakers’ deep commitment to telling stories of resistance and resilience while maintaining care for the relationships with the participants and communities centered in their work. The projects collectively push the boundaries of journalistic engagement with the art of nonfiction as they craft compelling and starkly unique narratives. We hope they will be an inspiration to the field at large.”
2022 IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Production Grant submissions were reviewed by Imani Altemus-Williams, Che Applewhaite, Aditya Assarat, Jeanelle Augustin, Pauly Denetclaw, Leah Giblin, Gugi Gumilang, Donna Kozloskie, George Lavender, George Myers, Kayla Myers, Habiba Nosheen, Wilfred Okiche, Robert Pluma, Mariana Sanson, Mike Shum, Aisha Sultan, Matt Turner.