58 – The Importance of IDA for the Doc Filmmaker with Simon Kilmurry

January 26, 2018

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has been nurturing, guiding, and contributing to the projects and lives of documentary filmmakers since its inception in 1982.  In the organisation’s words “Documentary storytelling expands our understanding of shared human experience, fostering an informed, compassionate, and connected world. The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.”

However, for many of us doc filmmakers who are not really connected to IDA, it can seem like a daunting or even elite organisation if we don’t feel like we have access to its many tools & resources or we don’t live in Los Angles, California (where they are headquartered).  But I am here to tell you that it’s all a common misconception, this idea that IDA is for the really big name doc filmmakers or only for those who are working in the industry.  In fact, that’s kind of the opposite of who IDA is or who they are for.

But don’t take it from me.  Take it from the man himself: Simon Kilmurry.  Kilmurry is currently the executive director of IDA and I had the opportunity to speak with him about, among other things:

  • why IDA is for you, #DocLifer
  • all that a membership to IDA will get you and why you should really consider becoming an IDA member
  • what newer programs like Doc U online or the Docu Club screenings are
  • IDA fiscal sponsorship and grants
  • how IDA’s mission is meant to be for all doc filmmakers, not just NY or LA docos


Additional Notes

Dangerous Docs


To read and/or download the Center for Media & Social Impact‘s Dangerous Documentaries document go here.





Find out the latest DocuClub screenings here .


Doc U Online

Visit IDA’s signature filmmaker development program here .


Getting Real Conference

Consider heading out to Los Angeles for this biennial conference on documentary media. This three-day conference will attract over 800 participants and is the only gathering of its kind in North America. The 2018 edition will take place September 25-27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.


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