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 371 applicants to receive a total of $435,000 in production grants. Awarded projects are currently in production in eleven countries, including the US, Philippines, Brazil, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Italy, and Afghanistan. Amongst the filmmakers at the helm of selected projects, 46% are filmmakers of color, 69% are women or gender-non-conforming filmmakers, 12% identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and 8% identify as a D/deaf or disabled person or have long-term health conditions.
This year’s selection panel included Gary Byungseok Kam (Documentary Filmmaker), Jacqueline Olive (Director/Producer/Writer), Lucila Moctezuma (Documentary Consultant), Mohamed Said Ouma (Executive Director of DocA-Documentary Africa), Sigal Yehuda (Founder & Executive Director of Close Up), and Susanne Reber (Executive Producer).
In a statement, the panel noted: “We, as panelists of this year’s IDA Enterprise Production Fund grant round, were impressed by the high level of the projects presented that convinced us with their great access, international scope, intimacy, urgency, and hope. The courage of the film crews in pushing boundaries politically, socially, and cinematically is refreshing. In a complex and critical period for our Humanity, the bravery in raising voices that challenge official narratives has inspired the committee, and we hope they will activate audiences around the world. We were encouraged by the meticulous approach and care shown to the filmmakers by the IDA Funds team.”
2023 IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Production Grant submissions were reviewed by Aiko Masubuchi, Andrew Nadkarni, Arianne Ayu Alizio, Ash Goh Hua, Camila Guarda Velasco, Che Applewhaite, Chen Wanling, Cyrielle Raingou, Donna Kozloskie, Dr. Grishma Shah, Emerson Goo, Emily Abi-Kheirs, George Lavender, Julia Gunnison, Justin Nguyen, Mostafa Youssef, Pauly Denetclaw, Sana Malik, Scarlett Robertson, Serra Ciliv, Viknesh Kobinathan.