Idil Ibrahim is an award winning filmmaker and has worked on and produced film projects that have gone on to screen at the top international film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film
Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel in Paris, and Sundance Film Festival, among others. Idil was also selected as one of five women directors to direct a short film for Glamour Magazine's The Girl Project for "Get Schooled," a series focusing on girls education around the world in Malawi, India, Brazil and the United States. She is a recipient of the 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards held by the 92nd Street Y, a hub for women to learn and inspire others by sharing their knowledge, ideas, insights and strength. She was also selected as one of OkayAfrica's "100 Women" for 2018. 

A graduate of UC Berkeley, her work has led her around the world and extensively throughout Africa. She was most recently in Mali as producer of the feature documentary The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu, based on the New York Times Bestselling book of the same title. Prior to producing The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu, she was in Senegal, where she directed and produced the film Sega, starring Alassane Sy (Restless City, Mediterranea), which examines the issue of migration and repatriation. Her film Sega won the jury award for Best Short Film at the 2019 Blackstar Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Dhow for Best Short Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. She is passionate about human rights, humanitarian issues, and global education. She is a contributor to the popular blog Everyday Africa and sits on the advisory board of Bronx Documentary Center's film program. Idil has been featured in the Guardian, Astronaut Magazine, Glamour, ElleFusion.net, Splinter TVReal America With Jorge Ramos, Nataal, Destination Iman and Instagram's blog, Deadline and on television on Arise America and Hawaii News Now. 

She is repped by:
Andrew S. Zucker, APC
Isaacman, Kaufman, Painter, Lowy & Zucker PC
1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Direct: 310.881.6830


On stage at  92Y 's 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards on Park Avenue

On stage at 92Y's 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards on Park Avenue

      S E L E C T E D   F E S T I V A L S

  • Sundance Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Institute, All Access Program, Tribeca Film Festival

  • Toronto International Film Festival

  • Los Angeles International Film Festival

  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

  • Aspen Shorts

  • 25th Annual New York African Film Festival, in conjunction with Film Society at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Maysles Cinema

  • Durban International Film Festival

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam

  • Traverse City Film Festival

  • Cinéma du Réel, Paris

  • Film Africa in London

  • Luxor International Film Festival

      P A N E L S  |  S P E A K E R | A W A R D S  

  • 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards by the 92nd Street Y, Emily Rosenthal Award Recipient

  • Selected as one of the "100 Women" for OkayAfrica's #100AfricanWomen of 2018

  • Seventh Art Stand at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art

  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Trailblazer Tuesdays

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Refugee Day | | FilmAid Workshop Kakuma Refugee Camp

  • Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs Screening

  • Bronx Lab School

  • Bronx Documentary Center

  • Berkeley Film Showcase, CAA

  • Finalist, Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship

  • Nordic Somali Youth Summit

  • #WEWONTBACKDOWN - A Seven Day Series of City Wide Public Forums on Communities Impacted by the Travel Ban

  • Our Community, Our Stories: An Unfiltered Discussion with African Women Using New Media to Amplify the Voices of the Global Female Diaspora, hosted by Okay Africa

  • Selected to serve as an International Jury Member by United Nations International Organization for Migration and UN AOC for PluralPlus 2018 Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Inclusion.