Trophies from the 34th Annual IDA Documentary Awards are lined up on a shelf.

Since 1984, the IDA Documentary 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.

38th IDA Documentary Awards Key Dates

  • Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • Nominee Announcement: Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11:59 AM PT
  • IDA Member Viewing Platform Opens & Voting Begins: Friday, November 18, 2022
  • IDA Member Voting Ends: Monday, December 5, 2022, at 11:59 AM PT
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the Paramount Theater*, Los Angeles.
  • IDA Member Viewing Platform Closes: Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11:59 PM PT

*Paramount Theater is a wheelchair-accessible venue. More detailed information on event accessibility will be published on this page soon.

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 distinguished documentary awards ceremony!