Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence has taken top honors at the 31st annual IDA Awards.
The director’s follow-up to The Act of Killing picked up the Best Feature prize at the International Documentary Association’s annual awards, presented Saturday (December 5) at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles.
Winning the Best Short Award was Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman’s animated doc Last Day of Freedom, while the Best Episodic Series Award went to Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Elsewhere, HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst took home the Best Limited Series prize, while both the ABC News VideoSource Award and Best Music prize went to Morgan Neville’s Best of Enemies.
As previously reported, Kartemquin Films founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn received the Career Achievement Award, while Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation were presented the IDA Amicus Award.
Netflix chief Ted Sarandos took the Pioneer Award and (T)error co-directors Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe shared the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman, meanwhile, was awarded this year’s Courage Under Fire Award.
The IDA Awards were hosted by comedian Tig Notaro, who was the subject of Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s Tig earlier this year.
Please see below for the complete list of winners:
Best Feature Award
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media
Best Short Award
Last Day of Freedom
Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Pare Lorentz Award
How to Change the World
Director: Jerry Rothwell
Creative Recognition Award Winners
The Russian Woodpecker
Cinematography by: Artem Ryzhykov
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Edited by: Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen
Listen to Me Marlon
Written by: Stevan Riley
Co-Writer: Peter Ettedgui
Best of Enemies
Original Score by: Jonathan Kirkscey
ABC News VideoSource Award
Best of Enemies
Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Best Curated Series Award
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
Best Episodic Series Award
Executive Producers: David Gelb and Andrew Fried
Best Short Form Series Award
Do Not Track
Executive Producer: Hugues Sweeney
National Film Board of Canada, Upian, Arte, and BR
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
Director: Benjamin Huguet
The National Film and Television School
Career Achievement Award
Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation
Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Archibald Family Foundation
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
Courage Under Fire Award