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The 38th Annual IDA Documentary Awards

The IDA Documentary Awards is the world's most prestigious event dedicated to the documentary genre, celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of the year. It seeks to represent excellence in the documentary field from around the world by emerging and established documentarians.

This year, the Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Jenny Yang, writer, actor, and one of Variety’s 10 comedians to watch. Watch the recording of the Livestream on IDA YouTube channel. See photos from the event on our Facebook album.

Key Dates​

  • IDA Member Viewing Platform Opens & Voting Begins: Friday, November 18, 2022
  • IDA Member Voting Ends: Monday, December 5, 2022, at 11:59 PM PT
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the Paramount Theater*, Los Angeles
    • 6:00 - 7:00 PM PT - Welcome Reception
    • 7:00 - 9:00 PM PT - Awards Ceremony
    • 9:00 - 11:30 PM PT - After-Party
  • IDA Member Viewing Platform Closes: Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11:59 PM PT


A limited amount of tickets will be available on this page starting on November 7. 
Ticket sales are closed on December 9, 2022, at 1:00 PM PT.


Getting to the Paramount Theater

Location: 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038. The theater is located on the Paramount Studios lot. See map here.

Drop-off areas: A registered guest for the event can be dropped off at our Rideshare drop-off locations located on the lot at the designated gate assigned to the event.

Parking: All guests should enter the studio through the Bronson Gate, 5353 Melrose Avenue. See the parking map and instructions here.


For this event, we will be using the Paramount Theater lobby, auditorium, and outdoor plaza.  There are columns within the lobby space and an elevator to access the second floor.

Wheelchair Access: Paramount Theatre has 10-15 spaces for people using wheelchairs. There is a ramp that allows access to the main stage. At any time, staff can assist guests to find or move to the best space for them.  The seats are fabric covered with backs and armrests. None recline.

Service Animals: Guests with disabilities and their trained service animals are welcome at all IDA events. While we will reserve seats for guests with a range of disabilities, staff, and volunteers can assist anyone find the best seat for them with space for their animal to sit comfortably too.

Sidewalks: There are three ramps located on the west and south side of the Paramount Theater that allow access to the main entrance of the building.   

Accessible Parking: There are four designated accessible parking spaces in the East Bronson Lot for the Paramount Theater.  Additional accessible parking spaces are located in various parking areas on the lot. See map here.

Step-Free Entrances: Guests coming from the parking lot and Bronson Plaza enter the Paramount Theater on the ground floor.  There is one elevator located in the Paramount Theater, which allows access to the second floor. At this time, there are no automatic door openers. Staff will be outside to guide and assist anyone.

Flooring & Lighting: The Paramount Theatre Lobby combines low pile carpet and tile. The lobby is filled with natural light, and uses recessed LED lighting. Theatres use recessed LED lighting and wall sconces. Restrooms use LED lighting.

Quiet Room: At this time we do not have a designated space for a quiet room and will try to make use out of rooms that are not being used upon time of need. Should you need a low sensory area, alert an access volunteer or a member of our staff who can help you find a quiet space depending on what programming is taking place.

Restrooms: Restrooms are located in the middle of the building and accessible from both sides of the main lobby.  There is one accessible stall in each of the two restrooms. Currently, both restrooms are multi-stalled, and signs will designate which equipment is available in each restroom. Sinks use motion sensors to turn on and off.

Food & Beverage: During the receptions, trays will be passed along with buffet stations with food attendants to assist guests. We will have vegetarian and vegan options available in addition to non-veg/vegan. Alcoholic, as well as non-alcoholic drinks will be available during receptions.