Who We Are

The current pandemic, widespread precarity, and ongoing systemic racism have thrust the independent documentary ecosystem into an unprecedented crisis. In response, independent documentary directors came together in June of 2020 to build a community of peers to support, center, protect, and advocate collectively. This group is now known as Independent Documentary Directors (IDD).

We're committed to building a safe, anti-racist, anti-oppressive space that fosters intersectionality. We acknowledge that this requires work and encourage those who are traditionally privileged - white, straight, cis, male and able-bodied people - as well as those who are connected to institutional success, to reflect upon their own access and power.


The work of independent documentary directors is vital and helps shape the consciousness of the people. We aim to protect this essential work by advocating for structural change relating to diversity, artistic freedom, sustainability and mental health.