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Filmmaker Summit Session 4: Grant Writing Workshop

In the Grant Writing Master Class, 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 chats with IDA grantees Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia, whose film, And She Could be Next, 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.

Panelists: Grace Lee & Marjan Safinia, Directors/Producers, And She Could be Next

Moderator: Dana Merwin, Program Officer, International Documentary Association (IDA)

Co-presented by Frameline, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)


Dates & Times



Fri, May 15
12:30 pm