Critics' Choice Group Launches Documentary Film Awards

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the groups that present the Critics' Choice Awards, have established another annual awards show: the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, which will honor both documentary features and non-fiction television.

Awards recognizing this sort of work — such as best documentary feature and best unstructured reality show — have heretofore been presented at the Critics' Choice Awards. Those awards will no longer be presented at that event, but rather at the CCDAs, which will include many other doc-specific categories as well, such as best director of a doc, best first doc feature, best music doc, best sports doc, most compelling living subject of a doc, best limited doc series for television, best ongoing doc series for television, best song in a documentary and most innovative documentary.

CCDA nominees will be chosen by committees of BFCA and BTJA members and revealed on Oct. 10. Winners will be selected by the full memberships of both organizations and revealed at the first CCDAs on Nov. 3 at BRIC in Brooklyn.

"To be able to shine a light on some of the most outstanding documentaries and non-fiction programs is something we are really proud of," BFCA and BTJA president Joey Berlin said Monday in a statement. "There is so much great work being done in these fields, but it is often difficult to introduce them to audiences. We believe the time has come to focus attention on these important, informative and entertaining productions, at an event dedicated solely to celebrating the positive effects these works have towards educating, inspiring and triggering social change amongst audiences."

This year is shaping up as a very competitive one for docs. Some of the documentary features that have already staked a claim on the festival circuit and at the box office include O.J.: Made in America, Life, Animated, Gleason, Weiner and Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.