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Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” won the Best Limited Series TV Award for exec producers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. Best Curated Series went to to Dr TV’s “DR2 Dokumania” for exec producer Mette Hoffmann Meyer; Best Episodic Series Award to Netflix’s “Last Chance U” for exec producers Joe Labracio, Dawn Ostroff, Lucas Smith, James Stern and Greg Whiteley; and Best Short Form Series Award to “Field of Vision” for exec producers Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras and Aj Schnack.
“O.J.: Made in America,” an analysis of race and celebrity in America through the story of O.J. Simpson, topped Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” “Cameraperson,” “Fire at Sea,” “I Am Not Your Negro”and “Weiner.” All six Ida nominees were included on the 15-title shortlist, unveiled Dec. 6, as finalists for the »
- Dave McNary
The International Documentary Assn. has nominated Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” “Cameraperson,” “Fire at Sea,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “O.J.: Made in America” and “Weiner” for its top feature documentary award.
The awards will be held Dec. 9 at the Paramount Studios backlot in Los Angeles.
The Ida will also honor Lyn and Norman Lear with the Amicus Award for supporting documentary film and freedom of speech; Stanley Nelson with the Career Achievement Award for his extensive body of work documentary the African American experience; Ally Derks will receive the Pioneer Award in recognition of her work founding and building the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam; and Nanfu Wang will receive the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.
“13th” documents the history of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and the injustices African Americans endured; “Cameraperson” catalogs Kirsten Johnson’s work behind the camera; “Fire at Sea” is Gianfranco Rosi’s Italian film »
- Dave McNary
Edward Norton will receive the career achievement award at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, which has also set the slate for its narrative, documentary and short film competitions.
Actor-producer-director Norton takes the career prize for a list of credits that includes “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Fight Club,” “The 25th Hour” and “American History X,” and will next be seen in “Collateral Beauty” alongside Will Smith and Kate Winslet, among others. He’s also the founder of CrowdRise, a philantrhropic crowdfunding site that has raised more than $500 million for some 30,000 nonprofits and charities.
Prior recipients of the Hamptons festival’s career award have included Vanessa Redgrave, Ted Hope, James Schamus, Gena Rowlands and Stanley Tucci. Norton will receive his award at an Oct. 9 during this year’s festival, which runs Oct. 6-10.
The full list of competition titles follows.
Narrative Feature Competition Films
The Daughter (Australia)
Director: Simon Stone
- Variety Staff
Short films stand tall in southern California every year at the Palm Springs International Shortfest — after over 4,000 submissions, 327 shorts from over 50 countries were shown this past week at North America’s largest short film festival. The winners of this year’s festival, announced Sunday night, received combined prizes valued at approximately $115,000 with $20k of that being in cash.
“A common thread of immigration and compassion dominates our award winning films this year – echoing current issues around the world,” said Festival Director Helen du Toit. “After a stimulating and energizing week of storytelling and networking between the next generation of filmmakers, we leave with a sense of hope for a world that, despite some setbacks, does seem to be evolving slowly but surely.”
The Kosovan film “Home” by Daniel Mulloy, which rides along with a “young, happy family [who seem] to be going on holiday but is instead on a journey similar to millions of others, »
- Kyle Kizu
Short films from Kosovo, France, the Us and Switzerland are among the winners at the Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Nearly 20 other shorts from the 327 that screened at the event, which bills itself as the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, also won awards.
The winner of the Best of Festival award gets a $5,000 cash prize and may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration. The Grand Jury award comes with a $2,000 cash prize.
The jury – comprising David Ansen, Jeremy Boxer, Zorianna Kit, Molly Parker, Rachel Samuels and Alison Willmore – gave ShortFest’s Panavision Best North American Short award to La Laguna, from Mexico »
The shortfest, which is the only short film market in North America, screened 327 films from more than 4,100 filmmaker submissions. The awards were announced Sunday night, the festival’s closing night, and winners received more than $115,000 in prizes.
The judges said “Home” “devastated the jury with its portrayal of a family escaping danger.” “The film deftly elicits not just our compassion, but more importantly, our empathy,” the jury said in a statement.
The top jury awards went to three shorts from France, Mexico and Greece. Vincent Maury’s “Minh Tâm,” which follows a woman who uses men to escape from daily life, won the grand jury award; Aaron Schock’s “La Laguna,” a story of a young Mayan boy living in »
- Lamarco McClendon
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