Before founding BGDM in 2015, Iyabo Boyd had a long history of supporting women filmmakers with positions at industry institutions Kickstarter, Good Pitch, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, Topic.com, Hamptons Film Festival, and IFP. From 2015 to 2017 Iyabo also founded and ran Feedback Loop, a consulting company for documentary filmmakers. Named a “Black Visionary'' by the Sundance Film Institute, Iyabo was a 2019 Rockwood JustFilms Fellow at the Ford Foundation, and a 2021 recipient of both DocNYC’s New Leader Award and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s Impact Award.
Iyabo is also a screenwriter, director, and producer working in fiction and documentary film. Her award winning short Me Time, a black feminist comedy about self care and masturbation, played over 25 festivals in 2019 including Blackstar, Rooftop Films, and Miami Shorts Fest, and was featured on Short of the Week. Her upcoming feature, Kayla & Eddie En Français, a collaboration with her dad, is about an estranged Black father and daughter reconnecting in Paris. For this project, Iyabo was a fellow in the Sundance Film Festival’s Talent Forum, the Sundance Film Institute’s Screenwriting Intensive, IFP’s No Borders Project Forum, and was awarded a SFFILM Rainin Screenwriting Grant. She was both a Sundance Creative Producers Fellow and an Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow in 2016 with the feature documentary For Ahkeem, which premiered at the Berlin Intl. and Tribeca Film Festivals. Originally from Denver, Iyabo graduated from NYU’s Tisch School with a BA in Film & Television, and lives in the Bronx, NY.