Submissions FAQ

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we receive about our open submissions process. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at


Should I apply to the Development Fund or the General Fund?

Our Development Fund is for projects that are early on in the filmmaking process. You should apply if you have started developing a documentary feature or series, and you are looking for seed funding for pre-production/early production. You can apply for support for any facet of development, including preliminary shoots, cutting a trailer or reel, conducting archival research, or casting characters.

You should apply to our General Fund if your project is in production or post-production. You must have footage available to share in order to apply. If your project is not selected for the Development Fund, you are welcome to reapply for the General Fund further on in production.

You can see the LOI guidelines for both funds here.

Do you support fiction films?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support fiction films, only documentaries. 

Do you support short films?

No. We only support feature length documentaries or documentary series. We do not have a minimum length, but generally consider films that are going to be at least 50 minutes long. 

Do you accept international films?

Yes! We welcome films from filmmakers around the world.

Do you accept submissions from first time filmmakers?

Absolutely. We accept submissions from filmmakers at any stage in their career. Many IP films were directed by first time filmmakers. 

What stage should my film be in to be considered?

We support films in all stages of production, and you are welcome to submit a Letter of Inquiry at any stage. If you are applying to the general fund and invited to submit a full proposal we will require a video sample. If you are applying to the development fund, a video sample or trailer is not required.  

When is the deadline for the LOI?

We do not have a deadline. We accept LOIs year-round on a rolling basis, and review projects as they come in. 

What is the average amount that IP commits to a project?

Our funding range varies widely depending on the individual film and the funding already in place. Past support has ranged from $30,000 - $1,500,000. On average, the amount that we invest in a film is between $100,000 and $250,000. 

How long will it take for you to review my film?

Once you submit a LOI, we will get back to you in 2-4 weeks with next steps. If you are invited to submit a full proposal it will take 4-6 weeks for us to review the submission. We may ask for additional materials at any point.

Can you look at my trailer and let me know if I should apply?

Unfortunately, no. Since we receive a large number of inquiries, we can only screen your material if we have invited you to submit a full proposal.