2019 IDA Documentary Awards

On December 7, 2019, the International Documentary Association (IDA) announced the winners of their awards recognizing excellence in documentary storytelling. The women winners are:


Best Feature

FOR SAMA; Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab

Best Short

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL); Director: Carol Dysinger; Producer: Elena Andreicheva

Best Director


Best Music Documentary

HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ; Director/Producer: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
“This award recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field.”

BREWED IN PALESTINE; Director/Producer: Emma Schwartz, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Best Editing

MIDNIGHT FAMILY, Paloma López Carrillo

Pare Lorentz Award
“This Pare Lorentz Award recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and the illumination of pressing social problems.”

HONELAND; Director: Tamara Kotevska
Honorable Mention: ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH; Director: Jennifer Baichwal; Producer: Nadia Tavazzani

ABC News VideoSource Award
“The ABC News VideoSource Award is given each year for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.”

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE; Producer: Peggy Drexler


  • Career Achievement Award: Freida Lee Mock
  • Courage Under Fire Award: Waad al-Kateab
  • Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: Rachel Lears
  • Pioneer Award: Cinereach
  • Amicus Award: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press


Best Multi-Part Documentary

LEAVING NEVERLAND; Executive Producers: Nancy AbrahamLisa Heller

Best Short Form Series

“A Moment in Mexico—The New York Times Op-Docs;” Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo; Coordinating Producer: Lindsay Crouse


Truth to Power Award: Leah Remini


Best Audio Documentary

“A Sense of Quietness;” Producer: Eleanor McDowall; Executive Producer: Rachel Hooper