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“Citizenfour” comes out on top at the IDA awards – Robert Redford wins Career Achievement Award

More news on the awards front this week direct from The Wrap, and it’s good news for documentary buffs.

Citizenfour, the Laura Poitras documentary concerning Edward Snowden and NSA spying, won the Best Feature award at the International Documentary Association’s IDA Documentary Awards.

Special mention should go to Robert Redford for winning the Career Achievement Award, in recognition of his non-fiction films and his founding of the Sundance Institute and its Documentary Film Program. When asked about the inspiration for his continuing work in documentaries, he mentioned the 1964 documentary Point of Order as being a transforming experience that made him realise the value of documentary film-making. A better endorsement of a film there is not.

I’m not a fan of award news mixed into paragraphs, so here it is list-style!

BEST FEATURE: Citizenfour
Director: Laura Poitras

BEST SHORT: Tashi and the Monk
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke

BEST CURATED SERIES: Independent Lens
Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer

BEST LIMITED SERIES: Time of Death
Executive Producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz

BEST EPISODIC SERIES: Our America With Lisa Ling
Executive Producers: Amy Bucher, Gregory Henry, Lisa Ling, David Shadrack Smith

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES:
Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt
Executive Producer: Alex Blumberg

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD:
 My Dad’s a Rocker
Director: Zuxin Hou

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD:
 Limited Partnership
Director: Thomas G. Miller

PARE LORENTZ AWARD: Tashi and the Monk
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD:
 1971
Director: Johanna Hamilton

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle, Elevator
BEST EDITING: Don Kleszy, Last Days in Vietnam
BEST MUSIC: Nick Urata, Alfred and Jakobine
BEST WRITING: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel, Finding Vivian Maier

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
 Robert Redford
PIONEER AWARD:
 Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
PRESERVATION AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD:
 Rithy Panh
EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD:
 Darius Clark Monroe

An impressive list at no mistake. many of the feature length documentaries are also on the 15-strong short-list for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, so this could be an indication of how that nomination is going to play out.

Did your favourite documentary film/series win?