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IDA Documentary Awards 2017 Nominees (List in Full)


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The IDA Documentary Awards on Wednesday unveiled its nominees in the categories of best feature and best short and the recipients of its creative recognition awards.

The best feature nominees are City of Ghosts, L.A. 92, Strong Island, Dina and Faces Places. The winners in that category and the best short category are decided by International Documentary Association members. L.A. 92 also scored a nomination in the ABC News VideoSource award category, where it is competing against CNN Films’ Elian, Netflix’s Icarus and Blood on the Mountain (co-distributed by Virgil Films) and Kino Lorber’s Obit.

“The diverse array of films nominated this year underscore the vibrancy and elasticity of documentary form,” IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry said in a statement. “These films address the most urgent contemporary global matters — and the most intimate emotional territory. All of them demonstrate the courage and ingenuity of nonfiction media makers.”

In terms of the creative recognition award winners, Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva won for best cinematography for his work on Machines; Bill Morrison won for best editing for his work on Dawson City: Frozen Time; Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin won for best music for their original score for Brimstone and Glory; and Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira and Gabriel Molera won for best writing for Donkeyote.

The IDA also will honor director Marcel Mettelsiefen’s Watani: My Homeland with the Pare Lorentz Award, with Joe Berlinger’s Intent to Destroy receiving a special mention in that category.

The best limited series nominees are HBO’s The Defiant Ones; Netflix’s The Keepers; Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War for PBS; Spike’s Time: The Kalief Browder Story, executive produced by Jay-Z; and Daughters of Destiny.

The best episodic series nominees are CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown; Netflix’s Chef’s Table; A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath; National Geographic’s Mars; and BBC America’s Planet Earth II.

The 33rd annual IDA Awards will take place Saturday, Dec. 9, at Los Angeles’ Paramount Theatre.

A full list of nominees follows.



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