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Meet the 2019 IDA Summer Interns!

We are proud to present three wonderful students working with IDA this summer: Kenneth Brown (Awards Competition Intern), Lauren Giella (Documentary Magazine Intern), and Verena Hecht (Arts Education Intern). Read more about them and how they each bring something unique in helping grow and foster the documentary community.
Institutional Member Spotlight: School of Visual Arts, New York City
One of our best jobs here at SVA's MFA in Social Documentary Program is advising our graduate students on their film ideas, helping them make their concepts strong. The idea stage can be invigorating, but successful films happen with thoughtful planning. We surveyed our esteemed faculty for suggestions on what filmmakers should consider as they embark on a new project.

What about this story is compelling to you?
Toby Shimin, editor, Ernie & Joe

Is the subject doing something authentic and interesting - that speaks to larger ideas that are engaging to an audience? 
Maro Chermayeff, SocDoc Department Chair; director, Half The Sky

What are the stakes?
Deborah Dickson, director, LaLee’s Kin

Is there a story? Will transformation transpire during the film?
Ann Collins, editor, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Why are you the person to tell this story? What do you bring to it that you can share with viewers?
Leslie Asako Gladsjo, producer, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Does your idea excite when you describe it, or do people just listen politely?
Thom Powers, programmer, Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Now, imagine the images that best tell your story. How should your camera move or stay still? How intimate or formal should you be? These will change with your story but you are helped by using your imagination ahead of time. 
Tom Hurwitz, ASC, cinematographer, Queen of Versailles

From a fundraising perspective: is there a similar film on this topic? How is yours different?
JT Takagi, sound recordist, Strong Island

Are you prepared to give this project what it will take over the years that it will inevitably consume? Do you need partners to best serve the film? Who might support this film and why? 
Beth Levison, producer, 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide
IDA Member Exclusives
Discounts on IDFA Guest Passes
Nov. 20 - Dec. 1, Amsterdam

Planning on attending the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam? IDA members get a 15% discount on the IDFA Guest Pass! Use the Promo Code
IDA19IDFA32  in the entry form to claim your discount. This offer is valid until the accreditation deadline on October 10, so check dates and register now!

Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt
July 22 7:30PM
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Beverly Hills, CA
IDA members are invited to attend a 30 th  Anniversary Celebration and Restoration World Premiere of the Academy Award-winning documentary 'Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt .' Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, including panels featured in the film, will be on view in the lobby before and after the screening. Click the button below to get complimentary passes for you and a guest!
New Doc U Online:
Grant Writing Master Class
In the Grant Writing MasterClass , IDA's Program Officer Dana Merwin outlines the multi-faceted grant-writing process for documentary projects. From the Fiscal Sponsorship Program, which has supported documentary production and post-production for nearly 30 years, to the specialized funding of the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund and the Enterprise Documentary Fund, she uses IDA's funding opportunities as a starting point to discuss the fundamentals of writing a strong application. She also chats with Enterprise Documentary Fund grantee Assia Boundaoui, whose film  The Feeling Of Being Watched  offers an in-depth case study of how to weave your film's loglines, synopsis, treatments and more into a compelling package for potential funders. As a special feature of this class, Dana workshops the loglines and synopses projects brought forth by attendees.
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