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‘Crip Camp’ Takes the Top Prize at the 36th IDA Awards


The International Documentary Assosication have announced the winners of their 36th annual awards, with Netflix’s Crip Camp coming away with the top prize. The ceremony, hosted by Willie Garson, was held virtually this year. Other big prizes included Best Director, which was awarded to Garrett Bradley for Time, the Netflix series Last Chance U winning Best Episodic Series, and Kirsten Johnson’s Dick Johnson Is Dead given two awards for Best Editing and Best Writing. 

The IDA also handed out honorary awards, including the Career Achievement Award for MLK/FBI director Sam Pollard, and an Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for Garrett Bradley. 

Recent winners for Best Feature from the IDA include For Sama and Minding the Gap, both of which went on to earn Oscar nods for Best Documentary Feature. That should be a good sign for Crip Camp

See the full list of winners from the 36th IDA Awards below: 

BEST FEATURE

Crip Camp 

BEST DIRECTOR

Garrett Bradley, Time 

BEST SHORT

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

BEST CURATED SERIES

American Experience

BEST EPISODIC SERIES

Last Chance U 

BEST MULTI-PART DOCUMENTARY

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES 

POV Shorts

BEST AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

Somebody

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Universe

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD

People Like Me 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Vlacheslav Tsvietkov, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

BEST EDITING

Nels Bangerter, Dick Johnson Is Dead 

BEST MUSIC SCORE

Kevin Smuts, My Octopus Teacher 

BEST WRITING

Nels Bangerter and Kirsten Johnson, Dick Johnson Is Dead 

PARE LORENTZ AWARD

My Octopus Teacher 

Honorable Mention: Crip Camp 

ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD

Crip Camp 

HONORARY AWARDS

AMICUS AWARD

Regina S. Scully

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Sam Pollard

COURAGE UNDER FIRE AWARD

David France, Olga Baranova, David Isteev and the filmmakers and activists from Welcome to Chechnya 

EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD

Garrett Bradley, Time 

PIONEER AWARD

Firelight Media 

TRUTH TO POWER AWARD

Maria Ressa and Rappler 

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