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The IDA Awards – International Documentary Association Announce 2018 Winners

The International Documentary Association (IDA) have been building up to one of the biggest nights of the year for the ever-growing genre of filmmaking. In the last three years, the prime of the non-fiction winners have included The Look of Silence, Best of Enemies, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Listen to Me Marlon, O.J.: Made in America, 13th, Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro, LA 92, Dawson City: Frozen Time. Impressive.

The 2018 roster also boasted some infectious, important, influential documentary films. Here are the winners for this year:

Best Audio Documentary


Best Feature

Minding the Gap

Best Short


Best Curated Series


Best Episodic Series

The Trade

Best Limited Series

Wild Wild Country

Best Short Form Series

MEL Films

Best Music Documentary

* TIE * MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. and Mr. SOUL!

 ABC News VideoSource Award

John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award


Pare Lorentz Award Winner

The Silence of Others (Recipient)

The Distant Barking of Dogs (Honorable Mention)

Best Cinematography

Distant Constellation

Best Editing

Minding the Gap

Best Music Score

* TIE * Bisbee ’17 and Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Best Writing

The Other Side of Everything

Career Achievement Award

Julia Reichert

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

Bing Liu

Amicus Award

Chicken & Egg Pictures

Courage Under Fire Award

Stephen Maing / NYPD12 (Crime + Punishment)


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