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Ida Documentary Feature nominations 2019: ‘American Factory,’ ‘Honeyland’ and ‘One Child Nation’ among nominees

The International Documentary Association (Ida) announced nominees for its annual awards on Wednesday morning. The 10 films nominated in the Best Feature category were culled from the group’s short list announced earlier in the month.

Last year the group previewed four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature, including the winner “Free Solo” as well as Ida champ “Minding the Gap,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” and “Of Fathers and Sons.” They predicted two nominees in 2017, four in 2016 and three in 2015.

Among this year’s Ida nominees are five that were also nominated by the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards in Best Documentary Feature: “American Factory,” “Apollo 11,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Honeyland” and “One Child Nation.” The Ida’s list also includes seven films to be screened in Doc NYC’s eighth annual Short List: Features program: “American Factory,” “Apollo 11,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “The Edge of Democracy,
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International Documentary Association Awards: ‘Apollo 11’ and ‘Honeyland’ Lead Nominations

The International Documentary Association revealed nominations for the 2019 Ida Awards, with Neon landing three films in the Best Feature competition, including “Apollo 11” and “Honeyland,” which led the field with three nominations, as well as”The Biggest Little Farm.” “Honeyland” will also collect the Pare Lorentz Award, while Neon’s “Amazing Grace” landed a Best Music Documentary nomination. (The film qualified for the Oscar last year.)

For the first time, the Ida will present an award for Best Director and, notably, all of the nominated films in that category are directed by women. “We felt the need to more clearly acknowledge the creativity and bold directorial vision that is behind many of the films we are privileged to consider,” said Ida’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry.

First awarded in 2001, the Ida gives the Courage Under Fire Award to documentarians who display conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth, putting freedom
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International Documentary Association Awards: ‘Apollo 11’ and ‘Honeyland’ Lead Nominations

The International Documentary Association revealed nominations for the 2019 Ida Awards, with Neon landing three films in the Best Feature competition, including “Apollo 11” and “Honeyland,” which led the field with three nominations, as well as”The Biggest Little Farm.” “Honeyland” will also collect the Pare Lorentz Award, while Neon’s “Amazing Grace” landed a Best Music Documentary nomination. (The film qualified for the Oscar last year.)

For the first time, the Ida will present an award for Best Director and, notably, all of the nominated films in that category are directed by women. “We felt the need to more clearly acknowledge the creativity and bold directorial vision that is behind many of the films we are privileged to consider,” said Ida’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry.

First awarded in 2001, the Ida gives the Courage Under Fire Award to documentarians who display conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth, putting freedom
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‘American Factory,’ ‘Apollo 11’ Score International Documentary Award Nominations

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‘American Factory,’ ‘Apollo 11’ Score International Documentary Award Nominations
American Factory,” “Apollo 11,” “For Sama” and “The Edge of Democracy” have scored multiple nominations for the International Documentary Awards.

“Advocate,” “Honeyland,” “Midnight Family,” “One Child Nation,” “Sea of Shadows,” and “The Biggest Little Farm” also received nods. The 35th Annual Ida Documentary Awards will be held on Dec. 7 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

For the first time, the Ida will present an award for best director and all of the nominated films have female directors.

“The Ida Documentary Awards recognizes excellence in nonfiction storytelling across a range of forms, and all of this year’s nominees and winners illustrate that documentary storytelling is one of the most vital art forms today,” said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the Ida.

The Ida also announced that its Courage Under Fire Award will be presented to Waad Al-Kateab for the film “For Sama,” recounting her life in Aleppo, Syria. It won
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘American Factory’, ‘Apollo 11’ & ‘For Sama’ Among Contenders

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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘American Factory’, ‘Apollo 11’ & ‘For Sama’ Among Contenders
The nominees for the 2019 International Documentary Association (Ida) Awards have been unveiled, with several of this year’s most high-profile docs in the frame. Scroll down for full list of nominees.

For the first time, this year’s ceremony will feature an award for best director, with the five films nominated all directed or co-directed by women: The Edge Of Democracy (Petra Costa); Advocate (Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche); American Factory (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert); Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov); and For Sama (Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts).

Neon is the most represented distributor in the best feature field with three nominations. Netflix has two of the films in the category (American Factory and The Edge Of Democracy), while Amazon has one (One Child Nation).

This year’s Courage Under Fire Award, which recognizes documentarians who display “conspicuous bravery
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Female Directors Dominate in Ida Documentary Awards Nominations

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Films directed or co-directed by women dominated the nominations for the 35th Ida Documentary Awards, which were announced on Wednesday by the International Documentary Association.

All five films nominated in the new Best Director category — “Advocate,” “American Factory,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland” — were directed or co-directed by women, as was “One Child Nation,” which joined those films in the Best Feature category.

Also nominated in the top category: “Apollo 11,” “Midnight Family,” “Sea of Shadows” and “The Biggest Little Farm.”

Also Read: 'The Biggest Little Farm' Leads Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

The nominations, which were made by committees assembled by the Ida, mean that “American Family,” “Apollo 11,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Honeyland” and “One Child Nation” are now the only nonfiction films to have received nominations by the Ida and the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards and included on Doc NYC’s list
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Ida Documentary Awards: 'Honeyland,' 'American Factory,' 'Apollo 11' Lead Nominees

Apollo 11, American Factory, The Biggest Little Farm, For Sama, Honeyland, One Child Nation and Sea of Shadows are among the high-profile films nominated for best feature by the International Documentary Association, which announced the nominees for its 2019 awards today.

Advocate, The Edge of Democracy and Midnight Family round out the feature nominees.

Additionally, the Ida announced that it would present a best director award for the first time. All of the films up for this prize (Advocate, American Factory, Edge of Democracy, For Sama and Honeyland) have female directors. And For Sama director-producer Waad Al-Kataeb has been named this year's Courage Under ...
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‘Fire in Paradise’ Trailer: Netflix’s Gripping Oscar Contender for Documentary Short

In 2018, Americans watched in horror from afar as the tiny town of Paradise in Northern California became engulfed in flames. Eighty-five people died in what would become the deadliest and most destructive forest fire in the state’s history, and the sixth deadliest in United States history. The devastating outcome of that fateful disaster has been chronicled in a 40-minute documentary “Fire in Paradise,” titled for the ironically named town at the center of the destruction. The film, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, has now released its first gripping trailer.

The synopsis provided by the Hamptons International Film Festival reads: “On the morning of November 8, 2018, a seemingly small fire broke out in Butte County, California, near the town of Paradise. Over the course of a few short hours, the Camp Fire grew into
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ leads with 7, ‘Apollo 11’ and ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ nab 6

Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ leads with 7, ‘Apollo 11’ and ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ nab 6
John Chester‘s “The Biggest Little Farm” leads the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards with seven nominations, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Director. Right behind it with six bids apiece are Todd Douglas Miller‘s “Apollo 11” and Peter Jackson‘s “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The other eight films nominated for the top prize are “American Factory,” “The Cave,” “Honeyland,” “The Kingmaker,” “Knock Down the House,” “Leaving Neverland,” “Maiden,” and “One Child Nation.”

Chester’s newest documentary follows his family’s journey as they develop a sustainable farm outside of Los Angeles. As the Ccda nomination leader it follows in the footsteps of last year’s eventual Academy Awards winner “Free Solo” who led this group’s field with six nominations. “Free Solo” may have won at the Oscars and three Ccda awards, but it lost the main prize here to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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‘Biggest Little Farm’ Nabs Seven Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

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‘Biggest Little Farm’ Nabs Seven Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
The Biggest Little Farm” leads nominees for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, with seven bids, followed by “Apollo 11” and “They Shall Not Grow Old.” “One Child Nation” received five nominations.

The winners will be presented their awards at a gala, hosted by Property Brothers’ Jonathan Scott, on Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn.

The awards honor documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified Cca members.

A new honor, the D.A. Pennebaker Award, will be presented to Frederick Wiseman. Michael Apted will receive the landmark award for his work on the “Up” series of films, with “63 Up” opening this year.

“As the film and television industry constantly evolves, documentaries remain a vibrant creative art form that entertains as well as informs,” said Cca CEO Joey Berlin. “We are proud that our awards event has become a
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‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

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‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm,” a film about a husband and wife trying to establish a small farm in Southern California, led all films in nominations for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, the Critics Choice Association announced on Monday.

The film received seven nominations in 16 categories, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Director. Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11,” which used 50-year-old footage to reconstruct the moon mission, received six, as did Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which used enhanced 100-year-old footage to bring World War I to movie screens in special-event engagements.

Other films nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category are “American Factory,” “The Cave,” “Honeyland,” “The Kingmaker,” “Knock Down the House,” “Maiden” and “One Child Nation.” And because the Bfca has given up trying to draw a line between film and television docs, the HBO two-part series “Leaving Neverland” was
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Box-Office Hits ‘Biggest Little Farm’ and ‘Apollo 11′ Top Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

Box-Office Hits ‘Biggest Little Farm’ and ‘Apollo 11′ Top Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Leading this year’s batch of Critics Choice Association nominees for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are two Neon box-office hits, “The Biggest Little Farm” with seven nominations and “Apollo 11” with six, as well as Warner Bros.’ smash “They Shall Not Grow Old” with six.

The winners will accept their awards honoring achievement in documentaries on Sunday, November 10, at Bric in Brooklyn, New York. Qualified Critics Choice Association members across the country voted for these nominees (including this writer).

With the most nominations in the field, John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Narration, and Best Science/Nature Documentary.

Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Archival Documentary, and Best Science/Nature Documentary. Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old
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Box-Office Hits ‘Biggest Little Farm’ and ‘Apollo 11′ Top Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

Box-Office Hits ‘Biggest Little Farm’ and ‘Apollo 11′ Top Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Leading this year’s batch of Critics Choice Association nominees for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are two Neon box-office hits, “The Biggest Little Farm” with seven nominations and “Apollo 11” with six, as well as Warner Bros.’ smash “They Shall Not Grow Old” with six.

The winners will accept their awards honoring achievement in documentaries on Sunday, November 10, at Bric in Brooklyn, New York. Qualified Critics Choice Association members across the country voted for these nominees (including this writer).

With the most nominations in the field, John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Narration, and Best Science/Nature Documentary.

Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Archival Documentary, and Best Science/Nature Documentary. Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old
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Critics' Choice Doc Awards: 'Biggest Little Farm,' Aoc Film 'Knock Down the House,' Obama-Backed 'American Factory' Among Nominees

Critics' Choice Doc Awards: 'Biggest Little Farm,' Aoc Film 'Knock Down the House,' Obama-Backed 'American Factory' Among Nominees
The nominees for the fourth annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards were announced Monday.

The Biggest Little Farm leads this year's nominations with seven, including for documentary feature, director, cinematography, editing, score, narration and science/nature documentary.

Apollo 11 and They Shall Not Grow Old follow closely behind with six noms each, with both being featured in the documentary feature and director categories.

One Child Nation received five mentions, including for documentary feature, director, editing, narration and political documentary.

Meanwhile, The Cave, Honeyland, American Factory, Aquarela and Sea of Shadows all received four noms each.

In addition to handing out awards including ...
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‘Apollo 11,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ Selected for International Documentary Association Shortlist

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The International Documentary Association has announced its shortlist for best feature, a category that includes “Apollo 11,” “American Factory,” “Diego Maradona,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” and the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace.”

The 2019 awards will be presented during a ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Dec. 7. Up to 10 nominees in each of the categories will be selected from the shortlist and announced on Oct. 23, when nominees in all categories are announced. Ida members will have access to nominated films to vote for Best Feature and Best Short starting Nov. 4.

For the first time, the Ida will present an award for best director. Awards will be presented in the following categories: best feature, best short, best curated series, best episodic series, best multi-part documentary, best short form series, best audio documentary, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award, best music documentary, best director, best cinematography, best editing, best writing,
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International Documentary Association Awards Shortlist Includes ‘Apollo 11,’ ‘The Cave,’ and ‘Honeyland’

The International Documentary Association (Ida) has revealed the 35th Annual Ida Documentary Awards shortlists for the Best Feature and Best Short categories, culled from 785 submissions: 375 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 124 documentary series, 89 student films, 44 podcasts, and 48 music documentaries. After winnowing down each list to up to ten nominees to be announced on Wednesday, October 23, online screeners will be accessible for viewing as of November 4, followed by the Ida membership voting.

The 2019 Awards will be presented at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 7. The Ida will bestow awards in 16 categories. This year, the Ida has changed how craft awards are selected: cinematographers, editors, writers and composers will do the honors. And for the first time, the Ida will present an award for Best Director.

The awards categories include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Curated Series, Best Episodic Series, Best Multi-Part Documentary, Best Short Form Series, Best Audio Documentary, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award,
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International Documentary Association Awards Shortlist Includes ‘Apollo 11,’ ‘The Cave,’ and ‘Honeyland’

The International Documentary Association (Ida) has revealed the 35th Annual Ida Documentary Awards shortlists for the Best Feature and Best Short categories, culled from 785 submissions: 375 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 124 documentary series, 89 student films, 44 podcasts, and 48 music documentaries. After winnowing down each list to up to ten nominees to be announced on Wednesday, October 23, online screeners will be accessible for viewing as of November 4, followed by the Ida membership voting.

The 2019 Awards will be presented at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 7. The Ida will bestow awards in 16 categories. This year, the Ida has changed how craft awards are selected: cinematographers, editors, writers and composers will do the honors. And for the first time, the Ida will present an award for Best Director.

The awards categories include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Curated Series, Best Episodic Series, Best Multi-Part Documentary, Best Short Form Series, Best Audio Documentary, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award,
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‘Apollo 11,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ Make International Documentary Association Awards Short List

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‘Apollo 11,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ Make International Documentary Association Awards Short List
The Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace,” the moon-mission chronicle “Apollo 11” and the first film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, “American Factory,” have made the short list for the International Documentary Association’s 2019 Ida Documentary Awards, the Ida announced on Thursday.

The announcement narrows the field to 30 feature films and 21 shorts that will move on to a second round of voting.

The IDA’s short list of 30 feature films contains 10 films that were on Doc NYC’s recent 15-film list of the year’s likeliest nonfiction awards contenders: “American Factory,” “The Apollo,” “Apollo 11,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “The Cave,” “Diego Maradona,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama,” “Honeyland” and “One Child Nation.”

Additional films on the Ida’s list include “Amazing Grace,
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Oscar-Winning ‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras Steps Down From Field of Vision — Exclusive

Oscar-Winning ‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras Steps Down From Field of Vision — Exclusive
Laura Poitras became a rock star of the documentary world with 2014’s Oscar-winning “Citizenfour,” an explosive and definitive account of the Edward Snowden story that brought Poitras’ investigative filmmaking to a global audience. Since then, she has completed just one feature, the Julian Assange portrait “Risk,” but supported countless others as the co-creator and executive producer behind Field of Vision, the documentary film unit designed to support investigative filmmaking on a wavelength similar to her own.

Now, she’s ready to return to her filmmaking full time. Poitras is stepping down from her leadership position at Field of Vision to focus on her next feature, though will remain onboard at parent company First Look Media. Charlotte Cook, who co-founded the project with Poitras and filmmaker A.J. Schnack in 2015, will continue to lead the organization.

“In the last year, I felt like that Field of Vision established itself in the documentary field,
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Contenders Including ‘Parasite,’ ‘Just Mercy’ to Screen at Scad Savannah Film Festival

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Contenders Including ‘Parasite,’ ‘Just Mercy’ to Screen at Scad Savannah Film Festival
The 22nd Scad Savannah Film Festival has set a program packed with potential awards contenders, including screenings of “Parasite,” “Just Mercy,” “The Report,” “Waves,” “The King,” “Harriet” and “Honey Boy.”

The Georgia event kicks off Oct. 26 with opening night film “The Aeronauts,” directed by Tom Harper, and closed Nov. 2 with a gala screening of Mr. Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks.

Sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the festival is the largest university-run film event in the U.S. and will screen 159 films.

In addition to features in the awards conversation, the festival will screen Docs to Watch including “American Factory,” “The Kingmaker” and “Apollo 11.” The Wonder Women panels will include conversations with female directors, producers, writers and below the line talent.

Executive director Christina Routhier points out that work from more than 50 female filmmakers around
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