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Individual Membership

Choose the IDA support level that's right for you.
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IDA members group photo at Getting Real 2024

Whether you’re a filmmaker, work in the industry, or just love documentaries, the IDA has a membership that fits your needs, interests and budget. And you can feel good knowing that your annual dues help us build and serve the needs of a thriving documentary culture.

Membership Levels

ORDER  Doc Lover Membership $55


Perfect for the documentary enthusiasts who want to take their interest to the next level with IDA’s exclusive nonfiction programing and events.

  • Special invitations to screenings of documentaries throughout the year. IDA screens 40+ documentaries during the FallDocs and SpringDocs. Members receive invitations for virtual screenings to watch at home and in-person screenings with Q&As with the filmmakers. Members are allowed to bring a guest (+1) to in-person screenings.
  • Stream the top 20 documentaries of the year and vote in the IDA Documentary Awards
  • Access to and listing in our online Member Directory

ORDER  Doc Maker Membership $85


Help master your craft with Doc Maker Membership, a level designed specifically for filmmakers and creators interested in joining IDA’s global network of documentary professionals.

Filmmaker Resources

  • Access to 501(c)(3) nonprofit status through the IDA Fiscal Sponsorship program
  • Access to educational videos and special programs with filmmakers
  • Extended application deadline for IDA funds such as IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund
  • Support for international members with O and P category visas
  • Receive a monthly listing of upcoming grant deadlines
  • Invitations and discounts to IDA networking and public events
  • Discounts to partner festivals and events
  • Complimentary subscription to the quarterly Documentary magazine
  • Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance benefits through our partner Front Row Insurance exclusive for IDA members based in the United States or with a United States based company or address
  • Subscription to our monthly Member Newsletter

Events & Screenings

  • Exclusive virtual screenings of films and guest invitation (+1) for in-person viewings
  • Invitations to IDA member-exclusive and industry networking events
  • Discounts to the Getting Real conference
  • Discounts to partner festivals, events, and online streaming platforms

IDA Documentary Awards

  • Discounts on submission fees for IDA Documentary Awards
  • Discounts on IDA Documentary Awards tickets for the IDA Documentary Awards Ceremony and After-Party
  • Stream the top 20 documentaries of the year and vote for Best Feature and Best Short nominees

ORDER  Producer Membership $250


A step above Doc Maker, Producer members stand out in the crowd with additional benefits fit for professionals who run the show.

  • All the benefits included in Doc Maker Membership
  • Invitations to VIP film receptions, screenings, and parties
  • 25% off one submission fee for the IDA Documentary Awards
  • Acknowledgment in our Annual Report, Supporters page, and Documentary magazine

ORDER  Storyteller Membership $500


Storytellers are industry trend-setters. With this membership level, you can ensure you're in the “room where it happens” at IDA’s most exclusive events of the year.

All the benefits included in the Producer Membership

  • 50% off one submission fee for the IDA Documentary Awards

ORDER  Indie Membership $1,000


For the true documentary cinephile, Indie Membership is for the diehard IDA fans who come back again and again for our world-class programming.

  • All the benefits included in Storyteller Membership
  • One complimentary pass to the Getting Real conference
  • One waived application fee for IDA Fiscal Sponsorship program

ORDER  Supporter Membership $2,500


Supporters are true believers in IDA’s mission of lifting documentary storytellers and championing a thriving and inclusive documentary community.

  • All the benefits included in Indie Membership
  • One waived submission fee for the IDA Documentary Awards

ORDER  Advocate Membership $5,000


Become an advocate of IDA and documentary storytellers. This VIP membership includes passes to flagship IDA events in addition to all the other great benefits.

  • All the benefits included in Supporter Membership
  • One complimentary ticket to the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony