Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Tops IDA Documentary Awards

L. Poitras
"Citizenfour"

Robert Redford received the career achievement award at the event on Dec. 5

Laura PoitrasEdward Snowden documentary Citizenfour took the top honor, the best feature award, at the IDA Documentary Awards on Friday night.

The International Documentary Association’s event, held at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles, also honored Robert Redford with the career achievement award, and gave Tashi and the Monk, directed by Johnny Burke and Andrew Hinton, two honors: best short and the Pare Lorentz Award.

Citizenfour follows a series of in-person meetings between Poitras and the former CIA technical assistant turned whistleblower Snowden, who reached out to Poitras directly when she was working on a piece about surveillance in the post-9/11 era. The film first premiered at the New York Film Festival in October.

Tashi and the Monk is a story of love and redemption told through the relationship of Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok and his 5-year-old charge Tashi Drolma.

Three new series awards were also unveiled at the event with the OWN program Our America With Lisa Ling receiving the IDA’s inaugural best episodic series award; NPR’s multiplatform series Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt receiving the first best short-form series award; and ITVS’ doc showcase Independent Lens receiving the new curated series award. The best limited series honor went to Showtime’s Time of Death.

Hosted by writer and comedienne Carol Leifer, the IDA Documentary Awards also honored Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of World of Wonder Productions, with IDA’s pioneer award. Monica Lewinsky, the subject of their film Monica in Black and White, presented the award to the directors. Rithy Panh, the co-founder of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the director of Oscar-nominated film The Missing Picture, received the preservation and scholarship award.

The complete list of winners is below:

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Robert Redford

PIONEER AWARD
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

PRESERVATION AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Rithy Panh

EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD sponsored by Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm
Darius Clark Monroe

BEST FEATURE AWARD
Citizenfour
Director: Laura Poitras
RADiUS-TWC, Participant Media, and
HBO Documentary Films

BEST SHORT AWARD
Tashi and the Monk
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
HBO Documentary Films

BEST CURATED SERIES AWARD
Independent Lens
Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer
Deputy Executive Producer: Lois Vossen
Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with PBS

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD
Time of Death
Executive Producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz
Co-Executive Producer: Miggi Hood, Sandy Shapiro
Showtime

BEST EPISODIC SERIES AWARD
Our America With Lisa Ling
Executive Producers: Amy Bucher, Gregory Henry, Lisa Ling, David Shadrack Smith
OWN

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES AWARD
Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt
Executive Producer: Alex Blumberg
NPR

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
My Dad's a Rocker
Director: Zuxin Hou
University of Southern California

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Limited Partnership
Director: Thomas G. Miller
PBS / Independent Lens

PARE LORENTZ AWARD
Tashi and the Monk
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
HBO Documentary Films

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
1971
Director: Johanna Hamilton
Independent Lens/ PBS

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
presented by Canon
Elevator
Cinematography By: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle

BEST EDITING
Last Days in Vietnam
Editing By: Don Kleszy

BEST MUSIC
Alfred and Jakobine
Music By: Nick Urata

BEST WRITING
Finding Vivian Maier
Written By: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel

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