Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund Application Deadline

New Documentary Production Fund To Honor Legendary Filmmaker Pare Lorentz

The International Documentary Association is now accepting proposals for the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, a new source of production support for documentary filmmaker. Named in honor of the landmark documentary filmmaker, the Fund will provide annual production grants totaling $75,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. In 2011, grants will be made to up to 5 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

“There is no better way to honor the legacy of one of the country’s most important documentary filmmakers than providing production support for those working in the field today,” said Michael Lumpkin, IDA’s Executive Director, “As with Pare Lorentz in the first half of the last century, today’s documentary filmmakers are playing a critical role by reporting on the critical social issues that face our country today.”

The Fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing. Complete guidelines and application are available at

A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.

Application Deadline
All application materials, including work samples, must be received by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, April 25, 2011.

Notifications of grant awards will be made in late September 2011.

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