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International Documentary Association announces award nominees

After receiving a record number of submissions, the International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced their nominations for the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

For almost three decades, IDA has produced the annual celebration to recognise the most groundbreaking documentary films of the year and it is now considered one of the world’s most prestigious award event solely dedicated to documentary film.

“This year’s documentaries have once again shown us the power of the documentary art form,” said IDA’s executive director Michael Lumpkin. “The record number of submissions we received reflects the cultural relevance of documentary storytelling.”

The five films nominated in IDA’s Feature category are:

The Central Park Five – by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon

The Central Park Five is a compelling recounting of the high profile trial and wrongful conviction of five young men in one of New York’s most sensational criminal cases.

The Invisible War – by Kirby Dick

Kirby Dick’s film is an exposé of the staggering prevalence of rape in the military, and the profound consequences for those who experience it or try to report it.

Queen of Versailles – by Lauren Greenfield

This film is simply a hilarious portrait of a modern day Gilded Age family and inside look at the world inhabited only by the super-rich – a riches to rags story with many twists.

Searching for Sugar Man – by Malik Bendjelloul

Bendjelloul’s debut feature is a surprising and uplifting story of the power of music and one man’s journey from obscurity that doesn’t cease to amaze.

Women with Cows – by Peter Gerdehag

This documentary is an observational study of the intricate and painful relationship between two old sisters bound together by the family farm.

The five nominated films in the Short category are:

God is bigger than Elvis – by Rebecca Cammisa

This short tells the story of Dolores Hart’s transformation from 60’s starlet to Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis.

Kings Point – by Sari Gilman

A poignant portrayal of the denizens of a Florida retirement community.

Mondays at Racine – by Cynthia Wade

This is the heartfelt story of a Long Island hair salon that provides compassion, inspiration and community to women diagnosed with cancer.

Open Heart – by Kief Davidson

A chronicle of young heart patients in Rwanda and the doctors fighting to save them.

Saving Face – by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

A powerful story of Pakistani women who have survived acid attacks, and the doctor who returns to Pakistan to help them.

Winners in the Best Feature and Best Short categories are selected by IDA’s membership. Screening committees of industry professionals based in New York City, Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles determine the other award categories.

 

You can find the other award nominees, such as the nominees for the Humanitas Documentary Award, given to a documentarian whose film strives to unify the human family by exploring cultural differences, and the Continuing series award are available on IDA’s website.

The association have also announced that producer Arnold Shapiro will be honoured with the organisation’s Career Achievement Award.

The 28th edition of one of the world’s most prestigious awards for nonfiction film making takes place on Friday, 7 December at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles.

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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