• Best Feature winner 'For Sama' Co-Director Edward Watts, Subject Hamza Al-Kateab, and Co-Director, Producer, Subject and IDA Courage Under Fire Award Winner Waad Al-Kateab

  • Host Willie Garson

  • Reporters Committee For Freedom Of The Press Executive Director Bruce D. Brown and Legal Director Katie Townsend accept the IDA Amicus Award

  • Natalie Difford, Leah Giblin, Phil Engelham and Candice McFarlane from Cinereach, recipients of the IDA Pioneer Award

  • Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award winner and Director of 'Knock Down The House', Rachel Lears

  • Inaugural Truth To Power Award winner Leah Remini

  • Hans Appelqvist, Composer for Best Score Award winner 'The Raft'

  • Luke Lorentzen, Editor of Best Editing winner 'Midnight Family'

  • ABC News VideoSource Award winner 'Mike Wallace Is Here' Director Avi Belkin

  • Best Episodic Series winner 'Abstract: The Art of Design' Executive Producers Scott Dadich, Morgan Neville and Dave O'Connor

  • Career Achievement Award winner Freida Lee Mock

  • Pare Lorentz Award winner 'Honeyland' Director/Producer Ljubomir Stefanov

  • Best Short Award winner 'Learning To Skateboard If You're A Girl (In A Warzone)' Director Carol Dysinger

  • Best Director Award winner Steven Bognar

  • David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award winner and Director of 'Brewed In Palestine' Emma Schwartz

  • Best Short Form Series Award winner 'A Moment In Mexico: The New York Times Op-Docs' Executive Producer Kathleen Lingo

  • Best Multi-Part Documentary Award winner 'Leaving Neverland' Director Dan Reed

Winners & Nominees

Best Feature

Advocate
Directors/Producers: Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Producers: Paul Cadieux and Joelle Bertossa
Film Movement

 

American Factory
Directors/Producers: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Producers: Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello
Netflix

Apollo 11
Director/Producer: Todd Douglas Miller
Producers: Thomas Petersen and Evan Strauss
NEON, CNN Films

 

For Sama (winner)
Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab
Director: Edward Watts
PBS Distribution, Channel 4, FRONTLINE

Honeyland
Director: Tamara Kotevska
Dierctor/Producer: Ljubomir Stefanov
Producer: Atanas Georgiev
NEON

 

Midnight Family
Dierctor/Producer: Luke Lorentzen
Producers: Kellen Quinn, Daniela Alatorre and Elena Fortes
1091

One Child Nation
Directors/Producers: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
Producers: Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn
Amazon Studios

 

Sea of Shadows
Directors: Richard Ladkani
Producers: Walter Kohler and Wolfgang Knopfler
National Geographic

The Biggest Little Farm
Director/Producer: John Chester
Producer: Sandra Keats
NEON, LD Entertainment

 

The Edge of Democracy
Director/Producer: Petra Costa
Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
Netflix


Best Short

A Love Song for Latasha
Director/Producer: Sophia Nahli Allisonbr
Producers: Janice Duncan and Fam Udeorji

 

After Maria
Director: Nadia Hallgren
Producer: Lauren Cioffi
Netflix

America
Director: Garrett Bradley
Producers: Lauren Domino and Catherine Gund
Aubin Pictures

 

Black to Techno
Director: Jenn Nkiru
Producer: Jacqueline Edenbrow
Frieze

Easter Snap
Director/Producer: RaMell Ross
Producers: Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim

 

In the Absence
Director: Yi Seung-Jun
Producer: Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Field of Vision

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl) (winner)
Director: Carol Dysinger
Producer: Elena Andreicheva
Lifetime Films, A&E IndieFilms

 

Sam and the Plant Next Door
Director/Producer: Omer Sami
The Guardian

The Nightcrawlers
Director: Alexander Mora
Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Doireann Maddock and Abigail Anketell-Jones
National Geographic

 

Valley of the Rulers
Director: Efim Graboy
Producer: Dejan Petrovic


Best Director

Petra Costa
The Edge of Democracy
Netflix

 

Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Advocate
Film Movement

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (winner)
American Factory
Netflix

 

Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Honeyland
NEON

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
For Sama
PBS Distribution, Channel 4, FRONTLINE


Best Curated Series

American Experience
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
PBS

 

BBC Storyville
Executive Producer: Mandy Chang
BBC

Dokumania (winner)
Executive Producers: Anders Bruus
Danish Broadcasting Corporation

 

POV
Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White
PBS

AJE Witness
Executive Producers: Fiona Lawson-Baker
AJE English

 

 


Best Episodic Series

Abstract: The Art of Design (winner)
Executive Producers: Scott Dadich, Morgan Neville, Dave O'Connor, Justin Wilkes and Jon Kamen
Netflix

 

Finding Justice
Executive Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, David Leepson, Brian Gewirtz, dream hampton, Jackson Nguyen, Aaron Rice, Todd Crites, Hiram Garcia, Aaron Bowden and Stephanie Lydecker
BET

Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole
Executive Producers: Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Peter LoGreco, Joshua Rofe, Devon Hammonds, Evan Lerner, Amy Savitsky and Elaine Frontain Bryant
A&E

 

Living Undocumented
Directors/Executive Producers: Anna Chai and Aaron Saidman
Executive Producers: Eli Holzman, Sean O'Grady, Selena Gomez and Mandy Teefe
Netflix

Our Planet
Directors: Adam Chapman, Mandi Stark, Jeff Wilson, Sophie Lanfear, Hugh Pearson and Huw Cordey
Executive Producers: Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
Netflix

   

Best Multi-Part Documentary

Chasing the Moon
Director/Producer: Robert Stone
Executive Producer: Mark Samels. Producers: Susan Bellows, Daniel Aegerter, Keith Haviland and Ray Rothrock
PBS

 

Leaving Neverland (winner)
Director/Producer: Dan Reed
Executive Producers: Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller
HBO

Lorena
Director/Executive Producer: Joshua Rofé
Executive Producers: Jordan Peele, Steven J. Berger, Win Rosenfeld, Jenna Santoianni, Tom Lesinski and Andrea Harner. Producer: M. Elizabeth Hughes
Amazon

 

Surviving R. Kelly
Executive Producers: Joel Karsberg, Dream Hampton, Tamra Simmons, Jesse Daniels and Brie Miranda Bryant
Lifetime

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Executive Producers: Peter J. Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender, Sacha Jenkins and Vinnie Malhotra
Showtime

 

 


Best Short Form Series

A Cure for Fear
Director/Producer: Lana Wilson
Producer: Shrihari Sathe
Executive Producers: Anna Holmes, Jeff Seelbach and Diane L. Max
Topic.com

 

A Moment in Mexico — The New York Times Op-Docs (winner)
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo. Coordinating Producer: Lindsay Crouse
New York Times

Guardian Documentaries
Executive Producer: Charlie Phillips, Lindsay Poulton and Jacqueline Edenbrow
The Guardian

 

POV Shorts
Producer: Chloe Gbai
Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White
PBS

The F Word
Director/Producer: Nico Opper
Producer: Kristan Cassady
SoulPancake

 

 


Best Audio Documentary

Gladiator: The Aaron Hernandez Story
Reporters: Bob Hohler, Beth Healy, Sacha Pfieffer and Andrew Ryan
Producer: Amy Pedulla. Executive Producers: Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy and George Lavender
The Boston Globe, Wondery

 

Headlong: Running from COPS
Host/Producer: Dan Taberski
Producers: Henry Molofsky, Courtney Harrell and Diane Hodson
Executive Producers: Max Linsky, Jenna Weiss-Berman, Lisa Leingang and Leital Molad
Pineapple, Topic Studios

Heavyweight — Episode: “Skye”
Reporter/Executive Producer: Jonathan Goldstein
Producers: Kalila Holt, Stevie Lane, Peter Bresnan and Jorge Just
Gimlet Media

 

Latino USA — Episode: “The Return”
Producer: Sayre Quevedo
Executive Producer: Maria Hinojosa
National Public Radio

A Sense of Quietness (winner)
Producer: Eleanor McDowall
Executive Producers: Alan Hall and Rachel Hooper BBC Radio 4


Best Music Documentary

Amazing Grace
Producers: Alan Elliot, Tirrell D. Whittley, Sabrina V. Owens, Joe Boyd, Rob Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Spike Lee, Angie Seegers, Joseph Woolf
NEON

 

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (winner)
Director/Producer: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Director: Ed Burke
Producers: Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams
Netflix

The Apollo
Director/Producer: Roger Ross Williams
Producers: Lisa Cortés, Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann
HBO

 

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Director: Thom Zimny
Producers: Thom Zimny, Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart and Jillian Apfelbaum
YouTube

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Executive Producers: Peter J. Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender, Sacha Jenkins and Vinnie Malhotra. Producers: Cary Graber, Vanessa Maruskin, Ghostface Killah, Robert F. Diggs, GZA, Lamont "UGod" Hawkins, Darryl Hill Sr., Jason Hunter, Icelene Jones, Method Man, E. Turner and Raekwon The Chef
Showtime

 

 


 

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.

All That Remains
Director/Producer: Eva Rendle
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

 

Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
Director/Producer: Natalie Cubides-Brady
National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)

Brewed in Palestine (winner)
Director/Producer: Emma Schwartz
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

 

Follow the Sun
Director/Producer: JoeBill Muñoz
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

In the Wake
Director/Producer: Natasha Nair
Northwestern University

 

 


Best Cinematography

Dark Suns
Cinematographers: Ernesto Pardo and François Messier-Rheault
Dogwoof

 

Gods of Molenbeek
Cinematographer: Hannu Vitikainen
CAT&Docs

Honeyland (winner)
Cinematographers: Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma
NEON

 

Midnight Family
Cinematographer: Luke Lorentzen
1091

When Lambs Become Lions
Cinematographer: Jon Kasbe
Oscilloscope Laboratories

 

 

Best Editing

American Factory
Editor: Lindsay Utz
Netflix

 

Apollo 11
Editor: Todd Douglas Miller
NEON, CNN Films

Diego Maradona
Editor: Chris King
HBO

 

Human Nature
Editor: Regina Sobel and Steve Tyler
Greenwich Entertainment

Midnight Family (winner)
Editor: Luke Lorentzen and Paloma López Carrillo
1091

 

When Lambs Become Lions
Editor: Jon Kasbe, Caitlyn Greene and Frederick Shanahan
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Best Music Score

Apollo 11
Composer: Matt Morton
NEON, CNN Films

 

Human Nature
Composer: Keegan Dewitt
Greenwich Entertainment

Sea of Shadows
Composers: H. Scott Salinas
National Geographic

 

The Biggest Little Farm
Composer: Jeff Beal
NEON, LD Entertainment

The Raft (winner)
Composer: Hans Appelqvist
Metrograph Pictures

 

 

Best Writing

Always in Season
Writers: Jackie Olive and Don Bernier
ITVS

 

Dark Suns
Writer: Julien Elie
Dogwoof

The Cave (winner)
Writers: Alisar Hasan and Feras Fayyad
National Geographic

 

The Edge of Democracy
Writer: Petra Costa. Co-writers: Carol Pires, David Barker and Moara Passoni.
Netflix

The Great Hack
Writers: Pedro Kos, Erin Barnett and Karim Amer
Netflix

 

 


Pare Lorentz Award

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.

Honeyland (Recipient)
Director: Tamara Kotevska
Director/Producer: Ljubomir Stefanov
Producer: Atanas Georgiev
NEON

 

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Honorable Mention)
Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky
Producer: Nadia Tavazzani
Kino Lorber


ABC News VideoSource Award

THe ABC News VideoSource Award IS GIVEN EACH YEAR FOR THE BEST USE OF NEWS FOOTAGE AS AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT IN A DOCUMENTARY.

Mike Wallace is Here (winner)
Director: Avi Belkin
Producers: Rafael Marmor, John Battsek, Peggy Drexler, Avi Belkin and Christopher Leggett
Magnolia Pictures

Nominees:

Halston
Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Producers: Roland Ballester, Frédéric Tcheng, Stephanie Levy and Paul Dallas
1091

 

Meeting Gorbachev
Directors: Werner Herzog and André Singer
Producers: Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer
1091

Where's My Roy Cohn?
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Producers: Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser, Marie Brenner, Joyce Deep and Andrea Lewis
Sony Pictures Classics

   

Honorees

Freida Lee Mock

Career Achievement Award

Waad al-Kateab

Courage Under Fire Award

Rachel Lears

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

Leah Remini

Truth to Power Award

Cinereach

Pioneer Award

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Amicus Award