Amy Halpin


Public bio

As the IDA's Director of Filmmaker Services, Amy Halpin works closely with hundreds of independent documentary artists each year, consulting and advising on all aspects of documentary funding. With the IDA since 2006, Amy oversees the organization’s fiscal sponsorship program, which administers over seven million dollars each year to independent documentary projects in the US and abroad. Amy also manages and was a key architect of the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, an annual competitive grant program supporting documentaries that address pressing US issues.

Amy was on the planning and programming team for IDA’s 2014 Getting Real Documentary Film Conference, a 3-day conference that brought together hundreds of filmmakers, industry insiders and academics to confront critical issues facing the documentary community. And in 2016 oversaw the launch of IDA’s DocuClub, a monthly screening series in New York and Los Angeles that provides filmmakers with audience feedback on new documentaries in progress.

Before working with IDA Amy spent five years working on the production of cable television documentaries for The History Channel, A&E, Lifetime, ESPN, Bravo and TLC.