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39th Annual IDA Documentary Awards Judging Committee Chairs and Members

Nominations for the IDA Documentary Awards are established through an independent judging process. Judging committees review films, series and audio documentaries without any participation or input from sponsors, production companies or distributors. To maintain fairness and integrity, judges do not review any films in which they partake or have vested interest.


Feature Documentary

Chairs: Koval Bhatia, Daniel Chein, James Costa, Lauren DeFilippo, Milton Guillen, Marángeli Mejía-Rabell, Cameron Quevedo, Sam Soko

Jurors: Rishika Advani, Rachel Bardin, Abner Benaim, Mathilde Bittner, Martín Blanco, Isabelle Carbonell, Julian Carrington, Julian Cautherley, Alfredo Chiarappa, Andrea Chignoli, Sandra Contreras, Elizabeth D. Costa, Sannii Crespina-Flores, Milo Daemgen, Tamir Elterman, Moisés Esparza, Eliza Fortes, Yanis Gaye, Traci Hercher, Mateus Hueb, Nyasha Kadandara, Rumbi Katedza, Abhay Kumar, Besma Lachhab, Vadim Lasca, Kate Lemberg, Anne Lewis, Justin Lewis, Lauren Lexton, Violeta Lockhart, Nora Long, Maida Lynn, Amit Madheshiya, Hatibu Madudu, Bethania Maia, M’Daya Meliani, Linton Melita, Hind Mezaina, Seggen Mikael, Arturo Montenegro, Julie Morris, Peter Murimi, Eynar Pineda, Savyasachi Anju Prabir, Mary Jirmanus Saba, Nevo Shinaar, Mohamed Siam, Juan Souki, Rolla Tahir, Medhin Tewolde, Vanessa Tsehaye, Nicole Tsien, Harry Vaughn, Ketih A. Wallace, Joanna Wright, Mostafa Youssef

Short Documentary

Chairs: Laura Bermúdez, Sue Ding, Shilpi Gulati

Jurors: Farid Ahmad, Elvis Caj, Marcela Zamora Chamorro, Guisel Contreras, Celina Escher, Sarah Garrahan, Jessica Guifarro, Sonali Gulati, César Hernández, Sihle Hlophe, Rajan Kathet, Tahiat Mahboob, Nida Mehboob, Mina Nabil, Angela J. Park, Adrianna Quena, Adrian Q. Randall, Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz, Youssef Sanheji, María Luisa Santos, Norbert Shieh, Lourdes Mary Supriya, Anais Taracena, Andrea Soledad Arauz Torres, Natalia Solorzano Vaquez, Duiren Wagua, Nundrisha Wakhloo, Hao Zhou

Curated Series

Chairs: Emily Abi-Kheirs, Brenda Ávila-Hanna

Jurors: Juan Pedro Agurcia, Daniel Díaz, Margje De Koning, Faridah Gbadamosi, Luma Haj-Heithoff, Devin Karambelas, Colleen Thurston, Melina Tupa

Episodic Series

Chair: Denise Khumalo

Jurors: Imani Dlamini, Daphne Gabriel, Janice Khumalo, Stanford Khumalo, Victor Mendoza, Jillian Molin, Sakile Odimo, Michael Owens, Kendall Packman, Gina Parris, Marco Peralta, Valerio Viale, Fatih Yilmaz, Alamin Yohannes

Multi-Part Documentary

Chairs: Pegi Vail, Marga Varea

Jurors: Maríssa Aroy, Alia Ayman, Jill Dickerson, Corinne van Egeraat, Cass Gardiner, Ariana Garfinkel, Laetitia Giansily-Doyle, Asako Gladsjo, Arsh Harjani, Mary Kerr, Nelson Makengo, Rachel Lauren Mueller, Igor Myakotin, Enrique Pedraza-Botero, Amanda Pike, Jiayan "Jenny" Shi, Martina Sönksen, Ruth Somalo

Short Form Series

Chairs: Amelia Hanibelsz

Jurors: Aja Beckham, Riham Ezzaldeen, Tatiana McCabe, Kathleen Montero, Monica Mwangi, Brian Ryu, Sophie Schrago, Hemal Trivedi, Cydney Tucker

Audio Documentary

Chairs: Rhea Chedid, Josephine Karianjahi

Jurors: Jasmin Bauomy, Megan Bradshaw, Firas Abou Fakher, Laura Ubaté González, Stephanie Kuo, Dhashen Moodley, Christine Mwaturura, Efevero Catherine Odudu, Ramsey Tesdell, Radhika Viswanathan

Best Music Documentary

Chair: Melissa Haizlip

Jurors: Adam Dorn, Laurens Grant, Stacey L. Holman, Evan Joseph, Annukka Lilja, Dwayne Mann,Joel Quizon, Josh Ralph, Steve Rivo

TV Feature Documentary or Mini-Series

Chair: Cynthia Kane

Jurors: Hiran Balasuriya, Asha Boston, Cathy R. Fischer, Lisa Scott Gordon, Diana Holtzberg, Elizabeth Lawrence, Mitch Levine, Argyro Nicolaou, Remoy Philip, Leslie Siben, Laurence Uebersfeld, Lohn Warburton

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

Chair: Gilberto Loffer

Jurors: Jonathan Rangel Alleyne, Eliana Arauz, Carolina Borrero, Meilyn Esquivel, Juan Roberto Albarran Gonzalez, Said Isaac, Iván Jaripio , Enea Lebrun, Luis Lorenzo-Trujillo, Jose Manuel Lopez Vega, Risseth Yangüez, Juan Said Isaac Zepeda

Best Cinematography Award

Chair: Natasha Nair

Jurors: Jennifer Boles, Adamu T. Chan, Shanshan Chen, Camila Guarda, Patricia Velásquez Guzmán, John Haley, Danny Kim, Mollie Moore, Rodolfo Castillo Morales, Rahul Nair, Aarti Prashant Trikannad

Best Editing Award

Chairs: Katrina De Vera, Kristina Motwani

Jurors: Michael Abitz, Hina Ali, Claire Ave'Lallemant, Gian Cassini, Daniel Chávez-Ontiveros, Alvaro Torres Crespo, Andrea Cruz, Rebecca Adorno Dávila, Raúl Rodrigo Zendejas Escandón, Juan José Cid Fernandez, Andrew Garbus, Julie Gaynin, Meryl Goodwin, Aleksandra Markovic, Michaelle McGaraghan, Liz Perlman, Khalid Shamis, Toby Shimin, Susannah H. Smith, Gian Franco Oleg Cassini Tristán, Juli Vizza, Rabab Haj Yahya

Best Music Score Award

Chair: Jonathan Zalben

Jurors: Miguel Bezanilla, Ramachandra Borcar, Ed Gerrard, Andrew Gross, JoAnne Harris, Robert Honstein, Pat Irwin, D.D. Jackson, Taylor Krauss, Vivek Maddala, Alex Steyermark

Best Writing Award

Chair: Victor Buhler

Jurors: Ilinca Calugareanu, Enmanuel Martínez Cornó, Sam French, Chloe Genga, Bérénice Hahn, Taryn Joffe, Omri Kruvi, Grace Lin, Ruolin Luyo, Akuol de Mabior, Lorenzo Mora Salazar

Pare Lorentz Award 

Chair: Harrison Engle

Jurors: Dennis Dimick, Tilly Lorentz Grey, Hilary Hoagland Grey, Christopher Lucas, David Resha, Shaunak Sen 

ABC News VideoSource Award

Chair: Anthony Perrone

Pre-Screening Committee

Saeideh Akhkan, Lucas Anotado, Thaakirah Behardien, Alessandra Berti, Tayontae Calloway, Bri Chappelear, LuvLeighAn Clark, Chayce Donovan, Lydia Erickson, Catherine Finsness, Barbara Ghammashi, Michael Graziano, Solveig Herzum, Lonnie Moore III, Sydney Johnson, Benjamin Kodboel, Hannah Levin, Merry May Ma, JT Madden, Kai McNeil, Eileen McNulty, Kayoko Nakamura, Nu Nguyen, Kulsoom Rizavi, Taylor Rogers, Jakob Roston, Austin Russell, Nancy Burneo Salazar, Christine Seow, Taige Shi, Victoria Silman, Indira S. Somani, Tatiana Stark, Melina Tupa, Jinglin Zeng


Credits 

The Competition

Awards Competition Supervisor – Ken Ikeda

Awards Competition Coordinator - Justin Nguyen


The Awards Show

Director, Producer, Writer –   Zaferhan Yumru

Editor – Sarah Garrahan

Motion Graphics Designer – Andrey Negrón

Art Direction – Maria Hinds

Voicover Artists – Raul Campos, Tyler Boudreaux

ASL Interpreter – Andréa Lust

Production Assistants – Armando Zamudio, Justin Nguyen, Terence Johnson

Media Partners – KCRW, Variety