“City Hall”, “Notturno” make 2020 IDA Documentary Awards shortlist

Frederick Wiseman’s City Hall, Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI and Gianfranco Rosi’s Notturno (pictured) are among the feature-length projects to be shortlisted in the best feature category for the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) 36th annual IDA ...
October 28, 2020

Frederick Wiseman’s City Hall, Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI and Gianfranco Rosi’s Notturno (pictured) are among the feature-length projects to be shortlisted in the best feature category for the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards.

This year’s IDA shortlist encompasses 30 feature-length films that have advanced in the voting process, where 38% of directors and 55% of producers listed are women. Additionally, 30% of directors and 28% identify as BIPOC.

Fifteen films, meanwhile, have been shortlisted in the documentary shorts category.

Of those named below, up to 10 projects will earn nominations in each of the feature and short documentary categories. IDA members, meanwhile, will have access to nominated films in order to place votes for best feature and best short beginning Dec. 7.

This year the IDA received 1,056 submissions across all categories, including 365 documentary features from 67 countries, and 153 documentary shorts from 21 countries.

“The range of stories and of makers is as diverse as we have ever had,” said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of IDA, in a statement. “It reflects the broad range of approaches to documentary filmmaking and some of the most urgent issues of the day.”

Nominees will be unveiled on Nov. 24, with the 2020 IDA Documentary Awards presented at a virtual ceremony in January 2021.

The 30 shortlisted feature films are below, with credits supplied by the IDA. The short documentary shortlist, meanwhile, can be viewed here.

IDA Documentary Awards 2020 Features Shortlist 

76 Days (USA, China / MTV Documentary Films. Directors: Anonymous, Weixi Chen.Director/Producer: Hao Wu. Producer: Jean Tsien)

Acasă, My Home (Romania, Germany, Finland / Manifest Film, HBO Europe. Director: Radu Ciorniciuc. Producer: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan) 

Boys State (USA / Apple, A24. Directors/Producers: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss)

City Hall (USA / Zipporah Films, Inc. Director: Frederick Wiseman. Producer: Karen Konicek)

Collective  (Romania / Magnolia Pictures, Participant. Director/Producer: Alexander Nanau. Producer: Bianca Oana)

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

Disclosure (USA / Netflix. Director/Producer: Sam Feder. Producer: Amy Scholder)

The Earth is Blue as an Orange (Ukraine, Lithuania / TVP. Director: Iryna Tsilyk. Producers: Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė)

The Forbidden Reel (Canada / National Film Board of Canada. Director: Ariel Nasr. Producers: Kat Baulu, Sergeo Kirby)

Gunda (Norway, USA / NEON. Director: Victor Kossakovsky. Producer: Anita Rehoff Larsen)

I Walk on Water (USA / Grasshopper Film. Director: Khalik Allah. Producers: Sofian Khan, Vikki Tobak)

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

A Metamorfose dos Pássaros (Portugal / Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency. Director: Catarina Vasconcelos. Producers: Pedro Fernandes Duarte, Joana Gusmão)

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)

Notturno (Italy, France, Germany. 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 / Cargo Film Releasing. Director: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos. Producer: Sepp Brudermann) 

The Reason I Jump (USA, UK / Kino Lorber. Director: Jerry Rothwell. Producers: Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow) 

Reunited (Denmark. Director: Mira Jargil. Producer: Kirstine Barfod)

Self Portrait (Norway. Directors: Katja Høgset, Margreth Olin, Espen Wallin. Director/Producer: Margreth Olin)

Softie (Kenya / POV. Director/Producer: Sam Soko. Producer: Toni Kamau)

Stray (USA / Magnolia Pictures. Director/Producer: Elizabeth Lo. Producers: Shane Boris, Ceylan Carhoglu, Ina Fichman)

‘Til Kingdom Come (Israel, UK, Norway / IPBC Kan, NDR. Director/Producer: Maya Zinshtein. Producers: John Battsek, Abraham (Abie) Troen) 

Time (USA / Amazon Studios, Concordia Studio, The New York Times. Director/Producer: Garrett Bradley. Producers: Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn)

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

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

Unapologetic (USA. Director/Producer: Ashley O’Shay. Producer: Morgan Elise Johnson)

The Viewing Booth (Israel, USA / ro*co films, Temple University, Channel 8 (Israel). Director/Producer: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz. Producer: Liran Atzmor)

Welcome to Chechnya (USA / HBO. Director: David France. Producers: David France and Alice Henty)

Wintopia (Canada / National Film Board of Canada. Director: Mira Burt-Wintonick. Producers: Annette Clarke, Bob Moore)

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