The 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards named Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Dina Best Feature, with HBO’s The Defiant Ones nabbing the honor forBest Limited Series.
Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie was named best short.
The awards ceremony, hosted by actor/comedian Maz Jobrani, was held tonight at Los Angeles’ Paramount Theatre. Other winners included Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin’s LA 92, PBS’ Independent Lens, BBC’s Planet Earth II, The New York Times Op-Docs, and Joel Fendelman’s Man on Fire.
“The Best Feature and Best Short award winners both represent unlikely love stories, each one tender, tragic, and ultimately life-affirming,” said IDA Executive Director Simon Kilmurry. “Dina and Edith+Eddie are both distinguished by their unforgettable lead characters and their sensitive elicitation of universal truths.”
The Career Achievement Award was presented to Lourdes Portillo in recognition of Portillo’s body of work which spans nearly forty years and features award-winning films about Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano/a experiences and social justice issues. IDA’s Courage Under Fire Award, given for extraordinary courage in pursuit of the truth, was presented for the first time to a group of filmmaking teams and the films’ subjects. Kathryn Bigelow presented the award to: City of Ghosts, Cries from Syria, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, and Last Men in Aleppo.
The IDA also announced a $600,000 investment from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation to support the International Documentary Association, including IDA’s Enterprise Documentary Fund and Getting Real ‘18 filmmaker-to-filmmaker conference. As part of this initiative, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation will provide four grants of $25,000 each to emerging women filmmakers of color.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Directors/Producers: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles
Director: Laura Checkoway
Producer: Thomas Lee Wright
Creative Recognition Award Winners
Cinematography by: Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Edited by: Bill Morrison
Brimstone & Glory
Original Score by: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
Written by: Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira and Gabriel Molera
Scottish Documentary Institute
Pare Lorentz Award
Watani: My Homeland (Recipient)
Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen
Intent to Destroy (Special Mention)
Director: Joe Berlinger
ABC News VideoSource Award
Directors: Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin
Best Curated Series Award
Executive Producers: Lois Vossen and Sally Jo Fifer
Best Limited Series
The Defiant Ones
Executive Producers: Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Jerry Longarzo, Michael Lombardo, and Gene Kirkwood
Best Episodic Series Award
Planet Earth II
Executive Producer: Michael Gunton
BBC AMERICA/BBC Worldwide
Best Short Form Series Award
The New York Times Op-Docs
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo
The New York Times
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
Man on Fire
Director: Joel Fendelman
Producer: James Chase Sanchez
University of Texas, Austin
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