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IDA Member Spotlight

Rodolfo Castillo-Morales is a Mexican filmmaker and programmer. He has participated in several fiction and documentary short films, video art installations, feature and documentary series, and has photogpraphed documentaries with directors from Mexico, Spain, El Salvador and Serbia. He was the programmer of DocsMX and co-creator of Plataforma MX in Mexico City. Today he’s the Programming Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the FICG Cinematheque as well as General Coordinator of DocuLab: Documentary Laboratory. Currently, he is preparing two documentary features as director, writer, and Cinematographer.
Elahe is an award-winning filmmaker. Her films include 'The Doll' (Critics Choice Nominee, IDA Nominee, Student Academy Awards, Best International Short Hot Docs 2021), 'Can I Hug You?' (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2023, SIMA Awards Best Short 2024), and 'A Move' (Visions du Réel 2024 Best Youth Jury Short) which spanned over 50 festivals and competitions, reflects her prowess in storytelling and women's rights advocacy. Elahe's projects are supported by IDA, One World Media; awarded on forums such as Dok Leipzig Short-n-sweet; and broadcasted/streamed via platforms such as NPO, VPRO, DW, VG, etc.
Stephen Maing is an Emmy-award winning director and cinematographer based in New York City. His most recent film, UNION (2024), which he directed, filmed, and edited, is an immersive cinéma vérité account of the historic efforts by workers to unionize the first Amazon fulfillment center.
Xiaolu Wang was born between the Yellow River and the Helan Mountains to a family estranged from their own Hui Muslim traditions. As a teenager, they
Nehal Vyas is a film and video artist from India, currently based in Los Angeles. Her work explores the idea of national identity through memory
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, my passion for video production was ignited in childhood while accompanying my father, a national public network announcer
Polina Herman is a Ukranian Producer based in Los Angeles. In 2022, her film Price of Conflict was nominated for the 38th Documentary Awards, ABC News
Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, a feminist, a queer rights activist, and an educator. She teaches film at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts. Gulati grew up in New Delhi and has made several films that have been screened at over five hundred film festivals worldwide.
María Luisa Santos is a Costa Rican director, editor and writer. She’s interested in stories about place, memory, and personal loss. Her latest short
Gita joined FilmAid as the Director after decades of producing, programming, and fundraising for documentary films. She spent many years with Kartemquin Films, a Chicago-based film collaborative that empowers documentary filmmakers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society.