• Ava DuVernay and honoree Norman Lear at the 2016 IDA Documentary Awards

  • 2015 host Tig Notaro

  • Jane Fonda and Andie MacDowell at the 2006 IDA Documentary Awards

  • Barbara Kopple and Robert Redford at the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards

  • Gordon Quinn celebrates 2015 IDA Career Achievement Award with friends

  • Morgan Freeman at the 2006 IDA Documentary Awards

  • Werner Herzog presents Career Achievement Awards to Les Blank at the 2011 Documentary Awards

 

32nd Annual IDA Documentary Awards Nominees and Winners

Best Feature Award

13th
Director and Producer: Ava DuVernay
Producers: Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
Netflix

 

Cameraperson
Director: Kirsten Johnson
Producers: Kirsten Johnson and Marilyn Ness
Janus Films

Fire at Sea
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Producers: Paolo Del Brocco, Roberto Ciccutto, Camille Laemle, Serge Lalou, Donatella Palermo, Olivier Pere, Gianfranco Rosi and Martine Saada
Kino Lorber

 

I Am Not Your Negro
Director: Raoul Peck
Producers: Remi Grellety, Raoul Peck and Hébert Peck
Magnolia Pictures, Independent Lens

O.J.: Made in America (Winner)
Director: Ezra Edelman
Producers: Deirdre Fenton, Libby Geist, Nina Krstic, Erin Leyden, Tamara Rosenberg, Connor Schell and Caroline Waterlow
ESPN

 

Weiner
Directors and Producers: Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
Sundance Selects, Showtime Documentary Film


Best Short Award

The Above
Director and Producer: Kirsten Johnson
Producer: Marilyn Ness
Field of Vision

 

Clinica De Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin
Producer: Jenny Lim
HBO

Extremis
Director and Producer: Dan Krauss
f/8 Filmworks Ltd, Netflix

 

Pickle
Director and Producer: Amy Nicholson
Myrtle & Olive, Oscilloscope

Red Lake
Director: Billy Luther
Producers: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
World of Wonder Productions

 

The White Helmets (Winner)
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara
Netflix


Best Curated Series Award

BBC Storyville
Executive Producer: Nick Fraser
BBC TV

 

DR2 Dokumania (Winner)
Executive Producer: Mette Hoffmann Meyer
DR TV

Independent Lens
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
ITVS, PBS

 

Pacific Heartbeat
Executive Producers: Leanne Ferrer and Leslie Wilcox
American Public Television, Pacific Islanders in Communications

POV
Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White
POV, PBS

 

 


Best Limited Series Award

Belief
Executive Producers: Sheri Salata, Jonathan Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith and Oprah Winfrey
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

 

Cooked
Executive Producers: Alex Gibney, Stacey Offman, Michael Pollan and Caroline Suh
Netflix

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth
Executive Producers: Scott Boggins, Ken Druckerman, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Banks Tarver
Co-Executive Producers: Ted Bourne and Mary Robertson
Showtime

 

Making a Murderer (Winner)
Executive Producers: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi
Netflix

Streets of Compton
Executive Producers: Brad Abramson, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Mark Ford, The Game, Alan Grunblatt, John Morayniss, Cash "Wack 100" Jones, Tara Long, Kevin Lopez and Shelly Tatro
Entertainment One Reality Productions, Creature Films for A&E

 

 


Best Episodic Series Award

Chef’s Table
Executive Producers: David Gelb, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Brian McGinn and Matthew Weaver
Netflix

 

The First 48
Executive Producers: Elaine Frontain Bryant, Laura Fleury, John X. Kim, Alexis Robie and Peter Tarshis
Co-Executive Producers: Joey Grossfield and Maija Norris
A&E

Last Chance U (Winner)
Executive Producers: Joe LaBracio, Dawn Ostroff, Lucas Smith, James Stern and Greg Whiteley
Netflix

 

United Shades of America
Executive Producers: W. Kamau Bell, Jimmy Fox, Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Star Price and Layla Smith
All3Media America, CNN Original Series, Objective Productions USA

Woman with Gloria Steinem
Executive Producers: Spike Jonze, Nomi Ernst Leidner, Eddy Moretti, Amy Richards, Shane Smith, Gloria Steinem and Ariel Wengroff
Co-Executive Producer: Joanna Forscher
VICE Media for Viceland

 

 


Best Short Form Series Award

30:30 Shorts
Executive Producers: John Dahl, Libby Geist and Connor Schell
ESPN

 

Children Deported
Executive Producer: Christer Fasmer
VGTV

Field Of Vision (Winner)
Executive Producers: Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras and AJ Schnack
Field of Vision

 

NomiNation
Executive Producers: Lisa Leingang, Adam Pincus and AJ Schnack
VANITY FAIR / VANITYFAIR.COM

The New York Times Op-Docs
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo
The New York Times

 

 


David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

This award recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field.

4.1 Miles (Winner)
Director: Daphne Matziaraki
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

 

The Earth Did Not Speak
Director and Producer: Javier Briones
San Francisco State University

How History May Come
Director: Olesya Mazur
Sydney Film School

 

My Life As a Film- How My Father Tried to Capture Happiness
Director: Eva Vitija
Producers: Daniel Howald and Anita Wasser
Zurich University of the Arts

Transit Zone
Director: Frederik Subei
Edinburgh College of Art

 

 


ABC News VideoSource Award

This award is given each year for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.

13th (Winner)
Director: Ava DuVernay
Netflix

 

I Am Not Your Negro
Director: Raoul Peck
Magnolia Pictures

The Lovers and the Despot
Director: Ross Adam and Robert Cannan
Magnolia Pictures

 

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Directors: Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack
PBS, American Masters

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Loki Films, Thirteen/WNET, Music Box Films, PBS, American masters

 

 


Pare Lorentz Award Winner

The Pare Lorentz Award recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems.

Starless Dreams
Director: Mehrdad Oskouei
The Cinema Guild


Creative Recognition Award Winners

The Creative Recognition category recognizes special achievement in cinematography, editing, music and writing in films entered in the Feature Category.

Best Cinematography

Fire at Sea
Cinematography by: Gianfranco Rosi
Kino Lorber

Best Editing

Cameraperson
Edited by: Nels Bangerter
Janus Films

Best Writing

I Am Not Your Negro
James Baldwin material compiled and edited by Raoul Peck
Magnolia Pictures, Independent Lens

Best Music

The Bad Kids
Original Score by: Jacaszek
FilmRise, ITVS


Honorees

Stanley Nelson

Career Achievement Award

Ally Derks

Pioneer Award

Lyn and Norman Lear

Amicus Award

Nanfu Wang

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award