Finalists for the 2020 IDA Documentary Awards

The International Documentary Association announced the shortlisted for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film at the 36th IDA Documentary Awards.

The list of potential candidates includes “Boise State”, “Crepe Camp”, “Welcome to Chechnya” and “Gonda”, among others. Up to 10 candidates will be shortlisted in each of the short fiction and short film categories, and they will be announced on November 24. The virtual award ceremony will take place in January 2021.

This year, IDA received 1,056 entries in all categories, including 365 documentaries from 67 countries and 153 short documentaries from 21 countries.

“It’s exciting to see that the IDA Awards final list includes so many movies from all over the world,” said Simon Kilmore, CEO of IDA. “The diversity of stories and producers is as diverse as what we have. It reflects the wide range of approaches to documentary filmmaking and some of the most pressing issues today.”

IDA Documentary Awards Characteristics Selection

76 Days (US / China / MTV Documentaries; Directors: Anonymous, Weixi Chen; Director / Producer: Hao Wu; Producer: Jean Tsien)

Homeland, My Home (Romania, Germany, Finland / Film Statement, HBO Europe. Director: Radu Sjornsiuk; Producer: Monica Losurian-Gergan)

Boise State (US / Apple, A24. Directors / Producers: Amanda McBain, Jesse Moss)

City Hall (US / Zipporah Films, Inc. Director: Frederick Wiseman; Producer: Karen Kuniske)

Collective (Photo by Magnolia / Romania, Associate. Director / Producer: Alexander Nanao; Producer: Bianca Oana)

Crip Camp (US / Netflix; Directors / Producers: Jim LeBrecht, Nicole Newnham; Producer: Sara Bolder)

Disclosure (US / Netflix; Director / Producer: Sam Feder; Producer: Amy Scholder)

Earth is blue as orange (Ucrania, Lituania / TVP. Dirigida por: Iryna Tsilyk. Productores: Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė)

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The Forbidden Reel (Canada / National Film Board of Canada. Director: Ariel Nasr. Producers: Cat Paolo, Sergio Kirby)

Gonda (Norway, US / NEON; Director: Victor Kusakowski; Producer: Anita Rehoff Larsen)

Walk on the Water (USA / The Grasshopper Film, Director: Khallik Allah. Producers: Sufyan Khan, Vicky Tupac)

I and Leader of Cult (Japan. Director / Producer: Atsushi Sakahara. Producers: Pearl Chan, Matsuo Etsuko)

Bird Transformation (Portugal / Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency; Director: Katarina Vasconcelos; Producers: Pedro Fernandez Duarte, Joanna Gusmao)

MLK / FBI (USA / IFC Films; Director: Sam Pollard; Producer: Benjamin Hedin)

The Mole Agent (Chile, Germany, USA / POV, Hulu, Gravitas Ventures; Director: Maite Alberdi; Producer: Marcela Santibañez)

Nocturne (Italy, France, Alemania; Director / Producer: Gianfranco Rosi; Producers: Camille Laemlé, Serge Lalou, Orwa Nyrabia, Donatella Palermo, Eva-Maria Weerts)

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (Venezuela, UK, Brazil / Premiere title. Director: Annabelle Rodriguez Rios. Producer: Sepp Broderman)

The Reason I Jump (US, UK / Keno Lorber; Director: Jerry Rothwell; Producers: Jeremy Deere, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow)

Reunion (Denmark. Director: Mira Gargil; Producer: Kerstin Parfoud)

Autorretrato (Norway; Directors: Katja Høgset, Margreth Olin, Espen Wallin; Director / Producer: Margreth Olin)

Softy (Kenya / Bov. Director / Producer: Sam Soku; Producer: Tony Kamau)

Stray (US / Magnolia Pictures; Director / Producer: Elizabeth Law. Producers: Shane Boris, Ceylan Karhoglu, Ina Fishman)

Sesame Kingdom Come (Israel, UK, Norway / IPBC Kan, NDR; Director / Producer: Maya Zinstein; Producers: John Patsik, Abraham (Abe) Troin)

Time (US / Amazon Studios, Concordia Studios, New York Times. Director / Producer: Garrett Bradley; Producers: Lauren Domino, Kylin Quinn)

To See You Again (Mexico; Director: Carolina Corral Paredes; Producer: Magali Rocha Donnadieu)

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The Truffle Hunters (Estados Unidos / Sony Pictures Classics. Directors / Producers: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw)

Unapologetic (United States; Director / Producer: Ashley O’Shay; Producer: Morgan Elise Johnson)

Viewing Booth (Israel, USA / Raw Films *, Temple University, Channel 8 (Israel). Director / Producer: Raanan Alexandruich; Producer: Leran Atzmour)

Welcome to Chechnya (USA / HBO; Director / Producer: David France & Alice Hunte)

Wintopia (Canada / National Film Board of Canada. Director: Mira Bert Wintonik. Producers: Annette Clark, Bob Moore)

Short Film Selection IDA Documentary Awards

Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa (US / Women Makes Movies. Directors / Producers: Barbara Attie, Mike Attie, Janet Goldwater)

All That Perece at the Edge of Land (Pakistan. Director / Producer: Hira Al Nabi. Producer: Till Passow)

Tutwiler (US / Frontline, PBS, Marshall Project, American documentary, Al-Alam Channel. Director: Eileen Macmillion Sheldon; Producer: Alicia Santo)

Call Center Blues (US / Mexico / TOPIC; Director: Geeta Gandbhir; Producer: Jessica Devaney)

Eddie’s World (USA Director / Producer: Lynne Goldfarb Producers: Jannat Gargy, Daniel Zimbaldi)

Huntsville Station (USA / New York Times Op-Docs; Directors / Producers: Chris Phillippon, Jimmy Meltzer)

Hysterical Girl (USA / NY Times Op-Docs; Director: Kate Novack; Producer: Andrew Rossi)

John was trying to contact aliens (US / Netflix. Director / Producer: Matthew Kelep)

The Lost Astronaut (USA / NY Times Op-Docs; Director: Ben Proudfoot; Producers: Abby Lynn Kang Davis, Gabriel Berk Godoi)

Mizuko (US, Japan; Directors / Producers: Keira Dane, Kathleen Rebelo)

Racial Stalking: The American Misdemeanor Problem (USA, Director: Robert Greenwald. Producers: Casey Cooper Johnson, Jim Miller)

Lives here (USA / University of California, Santa Cruz. Director / Producer: Melanie Ho)

To Calm the Pig Inside (Filipina. Director / Producer: Joanna Vasquez Arung)

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Imperdonable (El Salvador. Director / Producer: Marlén Viñayo; Producer: Carlos Martínez)

Practically Free (US. Director: Andre Robert Lee; Producers: Alexandra Blaney, Susan McCleary)

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