• 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

33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles

The IDA Documentary Awards is the world's most significant recognition of the best nonfiction films and programs of the year.


Early-bird tickets for the 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards are now on sale! Join us for a gala evening celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of 2017. The event includes an awards ceremony and catered after-party under the stars.

Become an IDA member to vote for Best Feature and Best Short Documentary and save 35% on tickets. Early bird ticket sale ends October 27.



Lourdes Portillo

Career Achievement Award

Abigail Disney

Amicus Award

Yance Ford

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

Courage Under Fire Award

Over the years, IDA presents a Courage Under Fire Award to a documentarian for "displaying conspicuous bravery in pursuit of the truth". We recognize that both filmmakers and their subjects often take incredible personal risks to bring us essential stories. This year the traumatic conflict in Syria which has been documented by several teams of extraordinarily brave filmmakers, and in light of their contributions to the documentary field IDA has decided to honor four filmmaking teams along with the subjects of their films for bringing us the stories of the Syrian war.

The filmmaking teams and the subjects who are being honored with the 2017 IDA Courage Under Fire Awards are: "Cries from Syria", "Hell on Earth", "Last Men in Aleppo", and "City of Ghosts". Their brave filmmaking and journalism along with the courage of those who shared their stories in these films shed light on a conflict that touches all of humanity.

City of Ghosts

Cries From Syria

Hell On Earth

Last Men In Aleppo


May 24:

Call for Entries submissions open

June 12:

Early deadline

July 7:

Regular deadline

July 7 - Oct 20:

Judging window (all categories)

Sept 12:

Honorees announcement

Sept 15 - Oct 20:

Nomination voting (features)

November 1:

Nominations announcement

Nov 6 - Dec 3:

IDA member voting period for Best Feature and Best Short

December 9:

IDA Documentary Awards ceremony

(Dates subject to change)