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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.

Call For Entries

This year some entry categories, rules, and regulations have changed. Please make sure to read all Rules & Regulations and FAQs before sharing your work for consideration. See our YouTube Q&A here.

  • Release of Updated Rules & Regulations: Tuesday, June 18
  • Call For Entries Opens: Friday, June 21, 12 pm PDT
  • Special *MEMBERS ONLY* Early Deadline: Monday, July 1, 11:59 pm PDT
  • NON-MEMBER Early Deadline: Monday, July 8, 11:59 pm PDT
  • MEMBER & NON-MEMBER Regular Deadline: Monday, July 15, 11:59 pm PDT
  • MEMBER & NON-MEMBER Late Deadline: Monday, July 29, 11:59 pm PDT
  • Call For Entries Final Deadline: Monday, August 5, 11:59 pm PDT
  • Submit your Final Deadline Extension Request by: Thursday, August 15, 11:59 pm PDT
    Final Deadline Extensions are granted *by Permission Only* 


Request Forms

  • Deadline Extension Form. Deadline: August 15, 2024.
  • Entry Fee Discount/Waiver Form. Deadline: July, 26, 2024.

Deadline extension and fee discount or waiver request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Announcement Key Dates​*

  • Shortlist Announcement: October 22, 2024
  • IDA Member Viewing Begins with all Shortlisted Films: November 1, 2024
  • Nominee Announcement: November 19, 2024
  • IDA Member Voting Begins**: November 19, 2024
  • IDA Member Voting Ends**: December 1, 2024
  • Awards Ceremony: TBA
  • IDA Member Viewing Platform Closes: December 31, 2024

*All dates are subject to change.
**IDA Member Voting is for Best Feature and Best Short Documentary categories only. All other category winners are selected by blue-ribbon juries.


Watch the 39th IDA Documentary Awards Show (2023)