Intl Documentary Assoc Awards

Written by Gary Tomchuk

In the competition categories, the nominees for Best Feature include City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman’s urgent account of ground-level resistance in Syria, Dina, Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles’ intimate and unconventional “real-life romantic comedy,” Faces Places, Agnès Varda and JR’s poignant and profound collaborative journey through rural France, LA 92, T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay’s experiential, archive-driven portrait of the L.A. Riots, and Strong Island, Yance Ford’s engrossing cinematic memoir about his brother’s violent death.

“The diverse array of films nominated this year underscore the vibrancy and elasticity of documentary form,” says Simon Kilmurry, IDA’s Executive Director. “These films address the most urgent contemporary global matters — and the most intimate emotional territory. All of them demonstrate the courage and ingenuity of nonfiction media makers.”

The nominees for Best Short include Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie, Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw’s The Fight, Frank Stiefel’s Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Jacob LaMendola’s Long Shot, Dan Habib’s Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and Patrick Bresnan’s The Rabbit Hunt.

The winners for Best Feature and Best Short are decided by IDA members. To receive access to screeners and vote for the winners, join IDA by visiting

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