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The 2020 International Documentary Association (IDA) Nominations

By Matt Neglia 

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced the 36th Annual IDA Documentary Awards Nominees. The 2020 Awards will be presented during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

Click below to see the nominees.

2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Feature Nominees
Crip Camp
The Reason I Jump
The Truffle Hunters
Welcome to Chechnya

2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Director Nominees
Garrett Bradley – Time
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters
Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht – Crip Camp
Sam Pollard – MLK/FBI
Jerry Rothwell – The Reason I Jump

2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Short Nominees
Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa
All That Perishes at the Edge of Land 
Huntsville Station
Hysterical Girl
John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
The Lost Astronaut
sống ở đây
To Calm the Pig Inside
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Curated Series Nominees
30 for 30
American Experience
American Masters
Reel Midwest
Reel South
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Episodic Series Nominees
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America
Last Chance U
Seven Planets, One World
We’re Here
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Multi-Part Documentary Nominees
Asian Americans
Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered
City So Real
Lenox Hill
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Short Form Series Nominees
Almost Famous
Guardian Documentaries
Last Call For The Bayou: 5 Stories from Louisiana’s Disappearing Delta
POV Shorts
Run This City
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Audio Documentary Nominees
Crosses in the Desert / Cruces en el desierto
Fiasco: Bush v. Gore
Girl Taken
Heavyweight – The Marshes

2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Music Documentary Nominees
Beastie Boys Story
Crock of Gold
Los Hermanos / The Brothers
2020 IDA Documentary Awards David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award Nominees
Isle of Us
Na Luta Delas
People Like Me
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Cinematography Award Nominees
Acasă, My Home
Boys State
The Earth is Blue as an Orange
The Truffle Hunters
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Editing Award Nominees
Boys State
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson is Dead
Through the Night
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Writing Award Nominees
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson is Dead
I Am Not Alone
My Octopus Teacher
Socks on Fire
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Best Music Score Award Nominees
Dancing with the Birds
David Attenborough: Life On Our Planet
Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice
My Octopus Teacher
Rising Phoenix
2020 IDA Documentary Awards ABC News VideoSource Award Nominees
#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump
Bully. Coward. Victim.: The Story of Roy Cohn
Crip Camp
Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections
The First Rainbow Coalition
2020 IDA Documentary Awards Pare Lorentz Award Winner
WINNER: My Octopus Teacher 

2020 IDA Documentary Awards Honorary Awards Recipients
Amicus Award: Regina K. Scully
Career Achievement Award: Sam Pollard – MLK/FBI
Courage Under Fire Award:David France, David Isteev, and Olga Baranova – Welcome to Chechnya
Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: Garrett Bradley – Time
Pioneer Award: Firelight Media
Truth to Power Award: Maria Ressa and Rappler – A Thousand Cuts

This year the IDA received 1056 submissions including 365 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 153 documentary series, 52 student films, 39 music documentaries and 33 audio documentaries and podcasts. A record 40% of submissions were international productions or co-productions.

What do you think of the nominees? Who do you think is the frontrunner for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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