This weekend I had the pleasure and honor to attend the 32nd IDA Awards (The International Documentary Association). Together with Moby and Effie Brown, we handed over the award for Best Editing to winner Nels Bangerter. The IDA Awards was held at Paramount Studios on December 9, 2016 in Hollywood. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for International Documentary Association)
The IDA honored five filmmakers and documentary luminaries. Lyn and Norman Lear received the Amicus Award for their work supporting documentary film and free speech. Stanley Nelson received the Career Achievement Award for his work documenting the African American experience. The Pioneer Award went to Ally Derks in recognition of her work founding and building the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) and director Nanfu Wang got the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. Congratulations to all the winners!
This year it felt like everyone was a winner. We had a great time and I'm looking forward to next years award ceremony. Free speech and the work documentary filmmakers do is incredibly important and I hope we get to see more daring documentaries in 2017.