Alexander Nanau’s Collective, Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI and Garrett Bradley’s Time are among the Best Feature nominees for the 36th annual International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards.
The 2020 awards will take place during a virtual ceremony on Jan. 16, 2021.
In Nanau’s Collective, journalists uncover health care fraud in the wake of a deadly nightclub fire in Bucharest, Romania, in 2015.
Bradley’s Time (pictured) follows Fox Rich, an entrepreneur, author and mother of six who has spent the last 21 years fighting for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence for an offense they both committed; while Pollard’s MLK/FBI examines the U.S. government surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr., based on recently declassified files.
IDA recently announced it would be honoring Pollard with its Career Achievement Award.
This year, the IDA received 1,056 submissions, including 365 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 153 documentary series, 52 student films, 39 music documentaries and 33 audio documentaries and podcasts.
A record 40% of submissions were international productions or co-productions, IDA stated.
The nominees are selected by independent committees of 191 documentary makers, curators, critics, and industry experts from 25 countries. Of the committee members, 58% are female and 59% identify as Black, Indigenous or as a person of color. Additionally, 15% of members are LGBTQ+ and 4% are disabled.
IDA presented the 2020 IDA Pare Lorentz Award to Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s My Octopus Teacher (Netflix). The film, produced by Craig Foster, documents the year Foster spent forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest.
“The nominees present an inspiring and urgent range of stories from around the globe,” said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the IDA. “The broad range of subjects and approaches to storytelling underscores that documentary is our most exciting form of cultural expression, a vital art form and a crucial element of democratic dialogue.”
Best Feature Nominees
Collective (Romania / Magnolia Pictures, Participant. Director/Producer: Alexander Nanau. Producer: Bianca Oana)
Crip Camp (USA / Netflix. Directors/Producers: Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht. Producer: Sara Bolder)
Gunda (Norway, USA / NEON. Director: Victor Kossakovsky. Producer: Anita Rehoff Larsen)
MLK/FBI (USA / IFC Films. Director: Sam Pollard. Producer: Benjamin Hedin)
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)
Softie (Kenya / POV. Director/Producer: Sam Soko. Producer: Toni Kamau)
Time (USA / Amazon Studios, Concordia Studio, The New York Times. Director/Producer: Garrett Bradley. Producers: Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn)
The Truffle Hunters (USA, Italy, Greece / Sony Pictures Classics. Directors/Producers: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw)
Welcome to Chechnya (USA / HBO. Director/Producer: David France. Producers: Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, and Askold Kurov)
Best Director Nominees
Garrett Bradley (Time, USA / Amazon Studios, Concordia Studio, The New York Times)
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw (The Truffle Hunters, USA, Italy, Greece / Sony Pictures Classics)
Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (Crip Camp, USA / Netflix)
Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI, USA / IFC Films)
Jerry Rothwell (The Reason I Jump, USA, UK / Kino Lorber)
To see a full list of nominees, visit IDA’s website.