Filmmaker Services Manager, The International Documentary Association (IDA)

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Toni Bell is the  Filmmaker Services Manager at the International Documentary Association. With the organization since 2015, she runs the day to day operations of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and supports the operation and growth of other IDA filmmaker services, including but not limited to grants and funding initiatives, online resources, works in progress screenings, and other services for documentary filmmakers at all professional levels. Her foray into documentary film began when she started writing and editing the newsletter for the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers – West. This led to her first gig as production assistant then an archival researcher for the film, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, which aired nationally on PBS. Since then she has worked as an archival researcher for several movies and television shows including Centric’s "Being." She has an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from USC, an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Naropa University and a certificate in professional screenwriting from UCLA. She is has been a featured speaker at film conferences, universities, a mentor for documentary festival labs, and a member of several documentary feature juries.


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