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2019 IDA Awards accepting submissions

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has opened submissions for its 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards. The awards recognize achievement in non-fiction storytelling across genres and formats, including feature films, shorts, series, ...
May 24, 2019

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has opened submissions for its 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards.

The awards recognize achievement in non-fiction storytelling across genres and formats, including feature films, shorts, series, podcasts and more.

Last year’s winners included¬†Minding the Gap (Feature), Zion (Short), Caliphate (Audio Documentary), POV (Curated Series), The Trade (Episodic Series), Wild Wild Country (Multi-Part Documentary), MEL Films (Short Form Series) and Mr. SOUL! (Music Documentary). Past winners include 13th, Citizenfour , The Look of Silence, Planet Earth II, O.J.: Made in America, Making a Murderer, The Jinx¬†and Chef’s Table.

2019 award recipients will be announced in Los Angeles on Dec. 7.

Entry is open to any documentary film, series or podcast that qualifies for one of the main award categories and is completed or publicly released between Oct. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019. Submissions are accepted on the IDA website.

The deadline for early submissions is June 10. The regular deadline is June 28. The extended deadline is July 8.

The full list of awards categories follows:

Feature: An individual, stand-alone documentary, longer than 40 minutes.

Short: An individual, stand-alone documentary, shorter than 40 minutes.

Curated series: An ongoing docuseries with episodes over 50 minutes. Each episode should stand on its own and have different producing teams, and they should be unified by a high-level theme.

Episodic series: An ongoing docuseries comprised of episodes more than 20 minutes in length, conceived and produced as part of the series, not as stand-alone entities. News reporting and news magazine-style programs are not eligible.

Multi-part documentary: A documentary comprised of multiple episodes more than 20 minutes in length. The series is conceived and constructed with a beginning and an end, and all the episodes are viewed in order to create a complete story and/or support a complete theme.

Short-form series: A docuseries comprised of episodes of 50 minutes or less.

Audio documentary: A stand-alone or documentary series.

Music documentary: A feature, short or multi-part documentary that has music as the central character of the film and/or a pivotal component of the storytelling.

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award: A short or feature-length film or video, produced by registered, degree-seeking student(s), with a cash prize honorarium of US$1,000.

ABC News Videosource Award: A feature documentary that uses news footage as an integral component. Feature doc submissions are automatically considered for this award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize (split equally in the case of multiple recipients).

Pare Lorentz Award: A feature or short documentary that reflects the spirit and tradition of Pare Lorentz’s work — including use of the natural environment, promotion of justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems. Feature and short submissions are automatically considered for this award, which comes with a $2,500 cash honorarium.

Feature Film Creative Recognition Awards: Craft awards given for best cinematography, editing, music score and writing. Feature submissions should specify whether appropriate credited individuals should be considered.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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