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Westdoc Online: The IDA’s Simon Kilmurry

Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video series, to bring his interviews with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures to its readership. The ...
November 19, 2019

Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video series, to bring his interviews with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures to its readership.

The latest edition features Simon Kilmurry (pictured), executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA). Having joined the IDA in July 2015, Kilmurry oversees all IDA programs and operations, including filmmaker services, funding, educational programs, the IDA Awards, and advocacy for the genre. In 2017 he launched IDA’s Enterprise Documentary Fund, a US$1 million annual granting fund supporting creative documentary and journalism, and which also provides funded projects with a range of legal support and research services.

He also oversees IDA’s biennial Getting Real conference, a three-day event that is attended by over 1,000 non-fiction filmmakers, financiers and industry experts.

Prior to the IDA, Kilmurry served as the executive producer of ‘POV’, the long-running PBS showcase of independent documentaries where he received one Primetime Emmy, three Primetime Emmy nominations, 17 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, more than 60 News & Documentary Emmy nominations, six George Foster Peabody Awards, four DuPont Columbia Awards and two International Documentary Association Best Curated Series Awards.

In this episode of Westdoc Online, Braverman and Kilmurry discuss the scope of work that the IDA covers for its members, funding initiatives, and the process of determining nominees for the IDA Awards, and also take a close look at the nominees for this year’s best feature prize.

To see the latest edition and also check out earlier archived episodes of the series, click here.

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