Since 1984, the Awards have recognized a diverse range of emerging and established filmmakers, and expanded to include recognition of artistic direction, audio documentaries, documentary journalism and music documentaries, as well as individual honors such as the Courage Under Fire Award and Career Achievement Award.


Submissions to the IDA Documentary Awards take place late spring to early summer each year. We seek to represent excellence in the documentary field from around the world, by emerging and established documentarians.

Member Voting

IDA Members receive the exclusive benefit of streaming all the Best Feature and Best Short nominees from anywhere in the world, selecting their favorites through an online judging portal. If you aren’t already a member, join the IDA family today and become a part of the world’s most prestigious documentary awards ceremony!