See the 37th Annual IDA Documentary Awards nominees for all categories as well as the winners for two sponsored awards! Winners for all other categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles. The annual event is the world's most prestigious event dedicated to the documentary genre. Public tickets will become available after the new year.

Best Feature

Apenas el sol (Nothing but the Sun)
Director/Producer: Arami Ullón
Producer: Pascal Trächslin
Switzerland, Paraguay/ Film republic


North By Current
Director/Producer: Angelo Madsen Minax
Producer: Felix Endara

Faya Dayi
Director/Producer: Jessica Beshir
Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films


Not Going Quietly
Director: Nicholas Bruckman
Producer: Amanda Roddy
USA / Greenwich Entertainment

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Producers: Monica Hellstrӧm, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte De La Gournerie
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden / NEON, Participant


Summer of Soul
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Producers: Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures

In the Same Breath
Director/Producer: Nanfu Wang
Producers: Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
USA, China / HBO, HBO Max


Wojnarowicz: F**K You F*ggot F**ker
Director/Producer: Chris McKim
Producers: Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey
USA / Kino Lorber

Director/Producer: Jessica Earnshaw
Producers: Holly Meehl, Nimisha Mukerji
USA / Hulu, ABC News


Writing with Fire
Directors/Producers: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
India / ITVS, Music Box

Best Short

A Broken House
Director/Producer: Jimmy Goldblum. Producer: Matt Weaver, former Representative Richard Gephardt, Harrison Nalevansky
USA, Lebanon / Condé Nast Entertainment, The New Yorker, POV


Director: Yudhajit Basu
India / Film and Television Institute of India

Director/Producer: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Co-Director/Producer: Maite Zubiaurre
USA / The New Yorker


Open Shutters
Director/Producer: Youjin Do
USA, South Korea / Field of Vision

Ain't No Time for Women
Director: Sarra El Abed
Producer: Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Canada / Travelling


Red Taxi
Director/Producer: Anonymous
USA, Hong Kong / Field of Vision

Director: Peiman Zekavat
Producer: Sanam Jehanfard
UK / Fifth Season LTD


Senior Prom
Director/Producer: Luisa Conlon
Producer: Jessica Chermayeff
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

Joe Buffalo
Director/Producer: Amar Chebib
Producer: Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard
Canada / Condé Nast Entertainment, The New Yorker


Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me (Desde que llegaste, mi corazón dejó de pertenecerme)
Director/Producer: Erin Semine Kökdil
USA / The New Yorker

Best Director

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Summer of Soul
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures


Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden / NEON, Participant

Jessica Beshir
Faya Dayi
Ethiopia, USA, Qatar / Janus Films


Nicholas Bruckman
Not Going Quietly
USA / Greenwich Entertainment

Jessica Earnshaw
USA / Hulu, ABC News


Best Curated Series

America ReFramed
Executive Producers: Christopher Hastings, Chris White, Justine Nagan, Erika Dilday
USA / WORLD Channel


Pacific Heartbeat
Executive Producer: Leanne K. Ferrer
USA / American Public Television, WORLD Channel, PBS

American Masters
Executive Producer: Michael Kantor
USA, Canada / THIRTEEN Productions, LLC, PBS


Executive Producers: Erika Dilday, Chris White
USA, Puerto Rico / PBS

Independent Lens
Executive Producers: Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer
USA / Independent Lens, PBS



Best Episodic Series

Alien Worlds
Executive Producers: Tim Lambert, Jeremy Dear
USA / Netflix


The Surgeon's Cut
Executive Producers: Andrew Cohen, James Van Der Pool
USA / Netflix

Becoming You
Executive Producers: Hamo Forsyth, Leanne Klein, Tim Lambert, Martin Conway
USA, UK / Apple TV+  


Executive Producers: Maclain Way, Chapman Way, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, Ryan Duffy, Miguel Tamayo, Jaymee Messler
USA / Netflix

My Love: Six Stories of True Love
Executive Producers: Mo-young Jin, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn
USA / Netflix


Best Multi-Part Documentary

Exterminate All the Brutes
Director/Executive Producer: Raoul Peck
Producers: Daniel Delume. Executive Producers: Rémi Grellety, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Jamie Morris, Jack Oliver, Poppy Dixon
USA, France / HBO, HBO Max


Philly D.A.
Directors/Producers: Ted Passon, Yoni Brook
Producer: Nicole Salazar. Executive Producers: Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald, Dawn Porter, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Nion McEvoy, Patty Quillin, Jeff Seelbach, Ryan Chanatr, Gena Konstantinakos
USA / Independent Lens, PBS

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Director/Executive Producer: Roger Ross Williams
Producer: Jonathan Clasberry. Executive Producers: Geoff Martz, Craig Piligian, Sarba Das, Fabienne Toback, Karis Jagger
USA / Netflix


Directors/Executive Producers: Steve McQueen, James Rogan
Producers: Helen Bart, Nelson Adeosun,  Joanna Boateng. Executive Producers: Nancy Bornat, Soleta Rogan, Tracey Scoffield, Clare Sillery, Carl Callam, Emma Loach, Vivienne Steele, Anna Smith-Tenser, David Tanner, Justin Thomson
UK / Amazon Studios

Nuclear Family
Director/Producer: Ry Russo-Young
Producers: Dan Cogan, Warren Fischer. Executive Producers: Liz Garbus, Julie Gaither, Jon Bardin, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Lauren Haber, Peter Saraf, Leah Holzer, Alex Turtletaub, Marc Turtletaub, Maria Zuckerman, Christine Connor, Ryan Heller, Barbara Dobkin, Eric Dobkin, Andrea van Beuren, Joe Landauer



Best Short Form Series

Earth at Night in Color
Producers: Sam Hodgson, Simon Muriel, Tom Payne, Justin Anderson, Joe Stevens. Executive Producer: Alex Williamson
UK, USA / Apple TV+


POV Shorts
Producer: Opal Bennet. Executive Producers: Erika Dilday, Chris White

Field of Vision
Producers: Do Youjin, Ruun Nuur, Chase Whiteside, Mike Plante, Arielle de Saint Phalle, Paul Dallas, Dana Brandes-Simon, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Patricia Benabe, Anonymous. Executive Producer: Charlotte Cook
USA / Field of Vision


Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler. Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Germany, Israel / ZDF Arte

K-Pop Evolution
Producers: Robert Ock, Sejin Park, Ann Shin. Executive Producers: Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn
Canada, South Korea / YouTube Originals



Producers: Lisa Camillo, Saad Zuberi, Amber Fares, Emile Guertin, Reem Haddad. Executive Producer: Fiona Lawson-Baker
Italy, Pakistan, Israel / Al Jazeera English

Best Multi-Part Audio Documentary or Series

My Fugitive
Reporter: Nina Gilden Seavey. Producers: Kat Aaron, Joel Lovell, Agerenesh Ashagre, Justine Daum, Maddy Sprung-Keyser, Janelle Anderson, Maria Robins-Somerville. Executive Producers: Jenna Weiss-Berman, Max Linsky
USA / Pineapple Street Studios


I'm Not A Monster
Reporter: Josh Baker. Producers: Josh Baker, Joe Kent, Max Green. Executive Producers: Raney Aronson-Rath, Dylan Haskins
UK, USA, Syria / FRONTLINE, BBC Sounds, BBC Panorama

Reporters: Maggie Freleng, Julieta Martinelli. Producers: Maria Hinojosa, Maggie Freleng, Julieta Martinelli, Marlon Bishop, Audrey Quinn, Stephanie Lubow. Executive Producer: Maria Hinojosa
USA / Futuro Studios, PRX


Through The Cracks
Reporter: Jonquilyn Hill. Producers: Ruth Tam, Patrick Fort. Executive Producer: Poncie Rutsch

The Vanishing of Harry Pace
Producers: Shima Oliaee, Jami Floyd, Jad Abumrad


Best Stand-Alone Audio Documentary

La foresta dei violin
Executive Producer: Faïdos Sonore
Italy, France / RSI SSR SRG


VICE News Reports: Monaea, A 2020 Diary
Reporters: Monaea Upton, Jen Kinney. Producers: Jen Kinne, Ashley Cleek, Adizah Eghan, Adreanna Rodriguez. Executive Producer: Kate Osborn
USA / VICE News, iHeartRadio

The Story of Two Moms
Producer: Woo-Kwang Kim. Executive Producer: Yeonhui Lee
South Korea / KBS



Best Music Documentary

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over
Director/Producer: Beth B
USA / Kino Lorber


Directors: Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Producers: Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Diane Becker

The Sparks Brothers
Director/Producer: Edgar Wright
Producers: Nira Park, George Hencken, Laura Richardson
UK / Focus Features


The Velvet Underground
Director/Producer: Todd Haynes
Producers: Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, David Blackman
USA / Apple TV+

Summer of Soul
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Producers: Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures



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.

Anchored Out
Directors/Producers: Katie Bernstein, Clara Mokri
USA / UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


Director/Producer: Nele Dehnenkamp
Producer: Christine Duttlinger
Germany / Film Academy Baden-Württemberg

In The Space You Left
Director/Producer: Christine Saab. Producer: Ju Park
UK / National Film and Television School


The Doll
Director/Producer: Elahe Esmaili
Iran / Tehran University of Art

No Soy Óscar
Director/Producer: Jon Ayon
USA, Mexico / Stanford University



Best Cinematography

Cinematographers: Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
USA / MTV Documentary Films


The Lost Leonardo
Cinematographer: Adam Jandrup
Denmark, France / Sony Pictures Classics

Cinematographers: Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill
USA / SHOWTIME Documentary Films


The First Wave
Cinematographers: Ross McDonnell, Thorsten Thielow, Brian Dawson, Matthew Heineman, Alex Pritz
USA / National Geographic

Faya Dayi
Cinematographer: Jessica Beshir
Ethiopia, USA, Qatar



Best Editing

Charm Circle
Editors: Michael Levine, Nira Burstein


Simple As Water
Editors: Purcell Carson, Megan Mylan
USA, Syria

Editors: Kristina Motwani, Rebecca Adorno
USA / Hulu


Summer of Soul
Editor: Joshua L. Pearson
USA / Hulu, Searchlight Pictures

Editor: Robert Greene
USA / Netflix



Best Music Score

Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground
Composer: Roman GianArthur


Speer Goes to Hollywood
Composer: Frank Ilfman
Israel, Austria, Germany

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust
Composers: Lori Goldston, Steve Fisk, Alexander Miranda


The Lost Leonardo
Composer: Sveinung Nygaard
Denmark, France / Sony Pictures Classics

Composers: Antônio Pinto, Gabriel Ferreira, Felipe Kim
USA, Brazil / Netflix


The Neutral Ground 

Composer: Sultana Isham 


Best Writing

Duty Free
Writer: Sian-Pierre Regis
USA / Independent Lens, PBS


Not Going Quietly
Writers: Nicholas Bruckman, Amanda Roddy
USA / Greenwich Entertainment

Eyes On The Prize: Hallowed Ground
Writers: Lenelle Moïse, Sophia Nahli Allison


The One And Only Dick Gregory
Writer: Andre Gaines
USA / SHOWTIME Documentary Films, Cinemation Studios, Hartbeat Productions, Hillman Grad Productions

North By Current
Writer: Angelo Madsen Minax



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.

9/11 Inside the President War Room
Director/Producer: Adam Wishart
Producer: Simon Finch
UK, USA / Apple TV+


Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres
Director/Producer: Suzanne Joe Kai

American Experience: Sandra Day O’Connor
Director/Producer: Michelle Ferrari
Producer: Connie Honeycutt


Whirlybird (winner)
Director/Producer: Matt Yoka
Producer: Diane Becker
USA / Greenwich Entertainment, A&E IndieFilms

Directors/Producers: Patrick Sammon, Bennett Singer
USA / Independent Lens, PBS



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.

The First Wave (winner)
Director/Producer: Matthew Heineman
Producers: Jenna Millman, Leslie Norville
USA / National Geographic


Tigre Gente (honorable mention)
Director/Producer: Elizabeth Unger
Producer: Joanna Natasegara