James Marsh's "Man on Wire" and Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" shared top honors at tonight's IDA Documentary Awards. Both films tied for the Distinguished Feature award, as announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by Morgan Spurlock. Other major honors included a centerpiece tribute to Werner Herzog, short film honors to Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega's "La Corona, and an audience award to Chris Taylor's "Food Fight."
The inaugural Avid Excellence in Editing Award was given to veteran filmmaker Sam Pollard came with both $2500 worth of editing software and a $5,000 charitable contribution made by Avid to the organization of the winner's choice. Pollard, currently in postproduction on HBO's highly anticipated Barack Obama documentary, revealed that he is donating the money to Wide Horizons for Children, in Waltham, MA. Wide Horizons facilitates domestic and international adoption.
Winning films from tonight's event will be screened tomorrow, December 6th at DocuFest, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 AM at the Eastman Kodak Screening Room in Los Angeles. Most filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A's following these films.
The winners of 2008 International Documentary Association Awards:
DISTINGUISHED FEATURE - WINNER (TIE)
"Man on Wire "
Director: James Marsh
Producer: Simon Chinn
Red Box Films, Wall to Wall, Discovery Films, BBC, UK Film Council, Magnolia Pictures
"Waltz with Bashir"
Director/Producer: Ari Folman
Producers: Yael Nahlieli, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Bridgit Folman Film Gang, Les Films d'Ici, Razor Film, ARTE France, ITVS International, Sony Pictures Classics
DISTINGUISHED SHORT - WINNER
Directors/Producers: Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega
Runaway Films, Vega Films, HBO Documentary Films
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
PRESERVATION & SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
AVID EXCELLENCE IN EDITING AWARD
JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
CONTINUING SERIES - WINNER
"This American Life"
Created By Ira Glass/Chicago Public Radio
Chris Wilcha, director, co-executive producer
LIMTED SERIES - WINNER
"Sin City Law"
Denis Poncet, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, Remy Burkel
Maha Productions, Arte, Sundance Channel
IDA/ALAN ETT MUSIC DOCUMENTARY AWARD - WINNER
"Young @ Heart"
Stephen Walker, Sally George
Walker George Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation, Fox Searchlight Pictures
IDA/PARE LORENTZ AWARD - WINNER
"Burning The Future: Coal In America"
David Novack, Alexis Zoullas
FireFly Pix, Sundance Channel
IDA/PARE LORENTZ AWARD - HONORABLE MENTION
Oliver Hodge, Rachel Wexler, Patrick Wilson
Open Eye Media, Sundance Channel, Documentary Channel, ITVS International
IDA/ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD - WINNER
C. Karim Chrobog, Afshin Molava
18th Street Films, Independent Producers Alliance, Interfact Media Group, Porchlight Entertainment
IDA/DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
"As We Forgive"
Laura Waters Hinson