The 34th Annual IDA Documentary Awards were handed out Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles with Bing Liu’s Minding The Gap taking top honors in the Best Feature category.
Hosted by actress and producer Ricki Lake, the ceremony also honored Floyd Russ’s Zion as Best Short as well as Netflix’s Wild Wild Country which won for Best Limited Series.
Other winners for the evening included HBO’s John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ POV for Best Curated Series, Showtime’s The Trade for Best Episodic Series, MEL Films for Best Short Form Series, and Jayisha Patel’s Circle for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award. The New York Times’ Caliphate won the inaugural Best Audio Documentary category.
In addition, the Career Achievement Award was presented to three-time Academy Award winner Julia Reichert and IDA’s Courage Under Fire Award—which is given from time to time to a filmmaker who demonstrates extraordinary courage in pursuit of the truth—was presented to director Stephen Maing and all the NYPD 12 whistleblowers of Crime + Punishment. Chicken & Egg Pictures was also honored with the Amicus Award.
Read the complete list of winners is below.
2018 IDA Documentary Awards Best Feature
Minding the Gap (Hulu/POV. Director/Producer: Bing Liu. Producer: Diane Quon)
2018 IDA Documentary Awards Best Short
Zion (Netflix. Director/Producer: Floyd Russ. Producer: Carter Collins)
2018 IDA Documentary Awards Series
Best Curated Series
POV (POV/American Documentary. Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White)
Best Episodic Series
The Trade (Showtime. Executive Producers: Matthew Heineman and Pagan Harleman)
Best Limited Series
Wild Wild Country (Netflix. Directors: Chapman Way and Maclain Way. Producer: Juliana Lembi. Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun)
Best Short Form Series
MEL Films (Executive Producer: David Freid)
Best Music Documentary
MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (Abramorama. Director/Producer: Steve Loveridge. Producers: Lori Cheatle, Paul Mezey and Andrew Goldman)
Mr. SOUL! (Director/Producer: Melissa Haizlip. Co-Director: Samuel D. Pollard)
Best Audio Documentary
Caliphate (The New York Times. Reporters: Rukmini Callimachi and Andy Mills. Producers: Andy Mills, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, and Asthaa Chaturvedi)
Creative Recognition Awards
Distant Constellation (Cinephil. Cinematographer: Shevaun Mizrahi)
Minding the Gap (Hulu. Editors: Bing Liu and Joshua Altman)
The Other Side of Everything (Writer: Mila Turajlić)
Best Music Score
Bisbee ’17 (Composer: Keegan DeWitt)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Cinema Guild. Composers: Scott Alario, Forest Kelley, and Alex Somers)
2018 IDA Documentary Awards Sponsored Special Awards
ABC News VideoSource Award Winner
John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (HBO. Directors/Producers: Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, and Teddy Kunhardt)
Pare Lorentz Award
Winner: The Silence of Others (Cinephil/POV. Directors/Producers: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar)
Honorable Mention: The Distant Barking of Dogs (Cinephil. Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont. Producer: Monica Hellstrøm)
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award Winner
Circle (National Film and Television School. Director: Jayisha Patel)