Simon Kilmurry
Kilmurry is IDA Executive Director.


Dear Community, IDA recently announced some of the honorees that we’ll be celebrating at this year’s IDA Awards. It’s an illustrious bunch whose work stretches the boundaries of documentary’s artistic ambitions, and screams for justice and accountability.

Lourdes Portillo, the Career Achievement Award honoree, has been documenting the Latin American, Mexican and Chicano/a experience for almost 40 years, always through the lens of an artist, and simultaneously inspiring and mentoring a generation of filmmakers. Amicus Award honoree Abigail Disney, as a funder, producer and director, has engaged with some of the most challenging social issues of our time. From gun control to peace-building around the world, storytelling becomes a powerful weapon in Abby’s hands, and the filmmakers she has supported are all around us. Our Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award goes to Yance Ford, whose Strong Island, ten years in the making and eagerly anticipated by many, has outshone all expectations with a film of rare power, insight and courage.

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