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Individual Membership

Choose the IDA support level that's right for you.
See an overview of all membership benefits. Meet our supporters here.

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 dozens of films during the Fall Screening Series and Awards Spotlight Screening Series, as well as nominees for Best Feature Documentary and Best Short Documentary at the IDA Awards. 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 year and vote in the IDA Documentary Awards
  • Complimentary subscription to the quarterly Documentary magazine
  • Access to and listing in our online Member Directory
  • Subscription to our monthly Member Memo newsletter

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.
  • 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

Events & Screenings

  • Exclusive virtual screenings of films and guest invitation (+1) for in-person viewings
  • Invitations to DocuClub’s work-in-progress screening series.
  • 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 IDA Documentary Awards tickets, for the ceremony and After-Party
  • Stream the top 20 documentaries of year and vote for Best Feature and Best Short


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