Kelly Duane de la Vega


Head of Partnerships & Impact

Kelly Duane De La VegaAs Head of Partnerships & Impact, Kelly plays an integral role in several of our programs, including our shorts program Docs by the Dozen and our completion and impact program Project: Hatched, both programs supporting our goal to provide creative, professional, and financial support to filmmakers at strategic junctures in their careers. She is also an independent director, producer, writer, and impact campaign strategist. Her feature documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide, opened theatrically, and broadcast nationally on POV/PBS and Netflix. Her most recent film, a Peabody Award Finalist, The Return, won the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary and screened on Capitol Hill and in prisons across the country.  Her film Better This World won the Gotham Award for Best Documentary and The Screen Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay, received an IDA Creative Achievement Award, and was selected to screen at NY MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Monumental screened at the Lincoln Center and was acquired by the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. El Poeta, called “dramatic and inspiring” by the LA Times, broadcast on PBS’s Voces. She has produced short-format work for The New York Times, Mother Jones, IFC, and First Look/The Intercept, among others. She also directed and produced a multimedia ProjectTurnout, partnering with the New York Times, Mother Jones, and The Nation to explore changing election laws and their impact on people of color. A Sundance and HBO/Film Independent Fellow, she has guest lectured at various universities and taught a documentary forms course at UC Berkeley.