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Exclusive: Claire Aguilar joins IDA

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed former Sheffield Doc/Fest exec Claire Aguilar as director of programming and policy. In her new role, Aguilar will be responsible for setting strategy around IDA’s ...
February 23, 2017

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed former Sheffield Doc/Fest exec Claire Aguilar as director of programming and policy.

In her new role, Aguilar will be responsible for setting strategy around IDA’s policy and advocacy work for filmmakers while overseeing the organization’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives. She will work closely alongside IDA’s Filmmaker Services team and the recently announced Enterprise Documentary Fund, led by Carrie Lozano, to lead a supportive suite of services for doc makers.

In addition, Aguilar will serve as the primary programmer for IDA’s biennial “Getting Real” conference, the next edition of which is set to take place September 2018.

An award-winning film curator, film festival director and public television commissioning editor and broadcaster, Aguilar departed Sheffield Doc/Fest in August 2016 following a two-year stint as director of programming and industry engagement. There, she curated and directed the film program for the UK festival’s 2015 and 2016 editions, programming more than 350 films and working alongside such filmmakers as Michael Moore, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Tilda Swinton and Ken Loach.

Prior to this, she served as executive content advisor and VP of programming at the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and co-curated PBS’ Emmy- and Peabody-award winning documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’. She has also served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and many other media and funding organizations.

Aguilar currently serves as VP of the board for Women Make Movies, and on the executive boards of Firelight Media and the European Documentary Network (EDN).

“Claire Aguilar is one of the most experienced and well-respected voices in the documentary field,” said IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry in a statement. “I am very excited to welcome Claire into a position where she can lead IDA’s work on a range of issues supporting filmmakers and building a stronger and vibrant field.”

“Acknowledging the urgent need to respond to the changing world around us, the IDA fills a vital role to encourage bold storytelling and to support artists, filmmakers, journalists and free speech advocates,” added Aguilar. “I am thrilled to work with Simon Kilmurry and the IDA team, and to support and develop the global community of documentary creators.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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