Director of Filmmaker Services, The International Documentary Association (IDA)

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Amy Halpin is the Director of Filmmaker Services at the International Documentary Association (IDA). With the organization since 2006, she has worked closely with hundreds of independent documentary filmmakers, with a special focus on consulting and advising on all aspects of documentary funding. Amy is responsible for the design, strategic planning and implementation of all of the organization's filmmaker services.  

The programs she has helped develop or oversee in her tenure at IDA include the organization's field leading Fiscal Sponsorship Program, which administers over 8 million dollars in philanthropic funding to independent documentary projects each year in both the US and abroad; the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, an annual competitive grant program that supports documentaries addressing pressing US issues; the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, which supports independent documentary films that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process; the DocuClub work-in-progress screening series in New York and Los Angeles; the IDA Distribber Distribution Grant; and Getting Real, IDA’s flagship bi-annual conference, which brings together hundreds of filmmakers and industry leaders to confront critical issues facing the field. In 2017, together with the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Amy spearheaded the Documentary Core Application Project, a collaborative effort by documentary grantors to standardize application requirements, with the aim of fostering a more equitable and sustainable documentary field. 

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