• Honorees Lyn Lear and Norman Lear

  • Best Feature Award winners Ezra edelman and Caroline Waterlow

  • Best Short winners Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara with Presenter Willie Garson (center)

  • Honoree Stanley Nelson, presenter & nominee Ava DuVernay, nominee Raoul Peck, and nominee Rita Coburn Whack

  • Pioneer award recipient Ally Derks and Diane Weyermann

  • Presenters Moby and Bijou Phillips

  • Best Limited Series award winners Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi

  • Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award Honoree Nanfu Wang and presenter Tabitha Jackson

  • Best Episodic Series award winners Joe Lobracio and Greg Whiteley 

  • Host Vivica A. Fox


32nd Annual IDA Documentary Awards Nominees and Winners

Best Feature Award

Director and Producer: Ava DuVernay
Producers: Spencer Averick and Howard Barish


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


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

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


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

Best Curated Series Award

BBC Storyville
Executive Producer: Nick Fraser


DR2 Dokumania (Winner)
Executive Producer: Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Independent Lens
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen


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

Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White



Best Limited Series Award

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Children Deported
Executive Producer: Christer Fasmer

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


Executive Producers: Lisa Leingang, Adam Pincus and AJ Schnack

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


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

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


Stanley Nelson

Career Achievement Award

Ally Derks

Pioneer Award

Lyn and Norman Lear

Amicus Award

Nanfu Wang

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award