Amy Halpin

Los Angeles, California, United States


I'm currently the Deputy Director at the International Documentary Association (IDA). Previously I was the Director of Filmmaker Services. With IDA since 2006, I've worked closely with hundreds of independent documentary makers consulting and advising on all aspects of documentary funding. With the IDA since 2006, during my time at IDA, the programs I've developed or overseen include our field-leading Fiscal Sponsorship Program, which administers over 10 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; and the DocuClub work-in-progress screening series in New York and Los Angeles. I've also helped design and launch the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, a one million dollar a year fund to support independent documentary films that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process and Getting Real, IDA’s flagship bi-annual conference, which brings together hundreds of filmmakers and industry leaders to confront critical issues facing the documentary field.

In 2017, together with the Sundance Documentary Film Program, I 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.

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