Bing Liu’s acclaimed coming-of-age portrait Minding The Gap (pictured) and E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s climbing feature Free Solo are among the doc features nominated for International Documentary Association’s Documentary Awards this year
The nominees for Best Feature also include Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment, which looks at the scenes of the NYPD12 lawsuit; Morgan Neville’s portrait of Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Kimberly Reed’s political thriller Dark Money; RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening, a portrait of black lives; Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons, which infiltrates a Jihadi household in Syria; Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett’s Sky & Ground, following a Syrian-Kurdish family as they make their way from Aleppo to the border of Greece and Macedonia; Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others, a portrait of survivors of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship; and Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s United Skates, a profile of America’s still standing roller rinks.
Of the nominees competing in the Best Feature category, 90% have women listed as producers while half were directed by women.
“This year’s nominees and winners of the IDA Awards reflects that 2018 has been a remarkable year for brave and bold storytelling,” said IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry in a statement. “To more fully recognize that, we have expanded the number of nominees in the Best Feature and Best Short categories to ten films. Documentary storytelling is a vital way to explore and make sense of our world, and these nominees illustrate how vibrant and essential films are to a healthy democracy.”
Three-time Academy Award nominee Julie Reichart, meanwhile, will be awarded the Career Achievement Award for a career that spans nearly five decades. And Chicago-based director and cinematographer Bing Liu (Minding the Gap) will be presented with the Emerging Filmmaker Award this year.
Winners of the 34th edition of the IDA Documentary Awards will be announced at the ceremony on Dec. 8 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
At the 2017 IDA Awards ceremony, Don Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Dina took home the award for Best Feature, while Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie won Best Short.
The 2018 IDA Documentary Awards nominees for Best Feature, Episodic Series and Limited Series follow below, with additional credits provided by IDA. For a full list of nominees, click here.
2018 IDA Awards Features Nominees
Crime + Punishment
(Hulu. Director/Producer: Stephen Maing. Producers: Ross Tuttle and Eric Daniel Metzgar)
(PBS Distribution. Director/Producer: Kimberly Reed. Producer: Katy Chevigny)
(National Geographic. Directors/Producers: E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Producers: Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
(Cinema Guild. Director/Producer: RaMell Ross. Producers: Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim)
Minding the Gap
(Hulu/POV. Director/Producer: Bing Liu. Producer: Diane Quon)
Of Fathers and Sons
(Kino Lorber. Director: Talal Derki. Producers: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert and Hans Robert Eisenhauer)
Sky and Ground
(World Channel (PBS). Directors/Producers: Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett. Producers: Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre)
The Silence of Others
(Cinephil/POV. Directors/Producers: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar)
(HBO. Directors/Producers: Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
(Focus Features. Director/Producer: Morgan Neville. Producers: Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
(CNN. Executive Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig, Jared Andrukanis, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox)
Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World
(CNN. Executive Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins, Joe Caterini, Anna Chai, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox)
ESPN Films: Enhanced
(ESPN. Executive Producers: Gentry Kirby, Alex Gibney, Brad Hebert, Stacey Offman, Libby Geist and Connor Schell)
Last Chance U
(Netflix. Executive Producers: Greg Whiteley, Joe LaBracio, Dawn Ostroff, James D. Stern and Lucas Smith)
The Confession Tapes
(Netflix. Executive Producers: Philip David Segal, Sarah Whalen, Jeff Bumgarner, Steven Robillard, Kelly Loudenberg, James Graves and Devin Griffin)
(Showtime. Executive Producers: Matthew Heineman and Pagan Harleman)
(YouTube. Director/Executive Producer: Michael John Warren. Executive Producers: LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn)
Bobby Kennedy for President
(Netflix. Director/Executive Producer: Dawn Porter. Executive Producers: Laura Michalchyshyn, Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Dave Sirulnick, Nestan Berhrans and Gunnar Dedio)
(Netflix. Directors/Executive Producers: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Jessica Dimmock. Executive Producers: David Pritikin, Steve Golin and P.G. Morgan)
November 13: Attack on Paris
(Netflix. Directors/Executive Producers: Jules Naudet and Gédéon Naudet. Executive Producer: Paul Barrois)
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
(Paramount Network. Directors/Executive Producers: Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. Executive Producers: Mike Gasparro, Shawn Carter, David Glasser, Chachi Senior, Nick Sandow, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton)
Wild Wild Country
(Netflix. Directors: Chapman Way and Maclain Way. Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun)