The International Documentary Association’s IDA Documentary Awards were announced during a ceremony last night on the Paramount Pictures lot.  Given the challenges in drawing attention to the throngs of feature docs submitting to the Oscars each year, the org’s kudos are a vital stop for non fiction films, looking to step up their presence at a competitive time, in particular for the top prize. Furthermore, there’s typically an overlap between the voting bodies of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doc brand and the IDA. Laura Poitras’ cinematic profile on Edward Snowden and the NSA covert ops, Citizenfourtook best feature, beating out noms Finding Vivian Maier, Point and Shoot, The Salt of the Earth and Tales of the Grim Sleeper. All of the nominees are on the 15-film Oscar doc shortlist except for Point and Shoot. For his reputation as a trail blazer with documentary films and setting up the Sundance Film Instittutde’s doc program, Robert Redford was lauded with a career achievement.

The winners list in full:

Best Feature,  Citizenfour (RADiUS-TWC, Participant Media, HBO)
Director: Laura Poitras
Best Short,

Best Short: Tashi and the Monk (HBO)
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke

Best Curated Series: Independent Lens (Independent Television Service, PBS)
Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer
Deputy Executive Producer: Lois Vossen

Best Limited Series: Time of Death (Showtime)
Executive Producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz
Co-Executive Producer: Miggi Hood, Sandy Shapiro

Best Episodic Series: Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN)
Executive Producers: Amy Bucher, Gregory Henry, Lisa Ling, David Shadrack Smith

Best Short Form Series:
 Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt (NPR)
Executive Producer: Alex Blumberg

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award:
 My Dad’s a Rocker
Director: Zuxin Hou
University of Southern California

Humanitas Documentary Award:
 Limited Partnership (PBS/Independent Lens)
Director: Thomas G. Miller

Pare Lorentz Award: Tashi and the Monk (HBO)
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke

ABC News Videosource Award:
 1971 (PBS/Independent Lens)
Director: Johanna Hamilton

Creative Recognition Awards Winners
Best Cinemtography: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle, Elevator
Best Editing: Don Kleszy, Last Days in Vietnam
Best Music: Nick Urata, Alfred and Jakobine
Best Writing: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel, Finding Vivian Maier

Career Achievement Award:
Robert Redford
Pioneer Award:
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
Preservation and Scholarship Award:
Rithy Panh
Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award:
 Darius Clark Monroe