LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Finalists in the 21st Annual International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition were announced today. The winners will be feted here at the IDA Awards Benefit Gala on December 9, 2005, at the Directors Guild of America Theatre.
"All of these films tell compelling stories about important subjects," says IDA Executive Director Sandra Ruch. "They were chosen by a jury of peers out of hundreds of artfully crafted films from every part of the world. The purpose of the IDA Awards is to celebrate and recognize their successful quests for excellence."
The four Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award categories are Feature, Short, Limited Series (series of episodes with specific continuing theme) and Continuing Series (four individual programs that best represent series).
Two winners will be chosen for top honors in the Feature competition. The 13 nominated films are THE BOYS OF BARAKA, COWBOY DEL AMOR, ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, FAVELA RISING, THE LAST CAMPAIGN, THE LAST COWBOY, MAD HOT BALLROOM, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, MURDERBALL, NEW ELDORADO, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, STREET FIGHT and WHY WE FIGHT.
The documentaries competing in the Short Film category are A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORWIN CORWIN, CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY, PHANTOM LIMB, POSITIVELY NAKED and SOMETHING'S BREWING IN SHINER.
The Continuing Series category nominees are AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, CNN PRESENTS, NOVA, LYNDAL'S LIFELINE and THE DEADLIEST CATCH.
The nominees in the Limited Series category are AND YOU DON'T STOP: 30 YEARS OF HIP HOP, FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED, NOVA: ORIGINS, RWANDA: DO SCARS EVER FADE? and THE STAIRCASE.
IDA will also present The ABCNEWS VideoSource Award to the documentary filmmaker(s) whose work best utilizes television news footage as an integral component of the work, and the Pare Lorentz Award will be given to the film that best represents the activist spirit and lyrical vision of Pare Lorentz, who was the first recipient of an IDA Career Achievement Award. (See www.documentary.org for a complete list of nominees.)
The IDA Awards selection process began with peer group juries who viewed all submissions to select nominees in each category for final review by a blue-ribbon panel.
Kodak has sponsored the IDA Awards Gala since its inception in 1984. IDA is a nonprofit, public interest organization. For more information, visit www.documentary.org or call 213-534-3600.
Source: International Documentary Association
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