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Critics’ Choice Awards Adds Brand New Event Honoring Documentary Film and Television

The inaugural awards show will roll out on November 3.

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The Critics’ Choice Awards are getting real. The popular annual event show is branching off, thanks to a brand-new awards ceremony that will focus on the year’s best achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, appropriately branded as the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

The Critics’ Choice Awards previously awarded documentary-facing awards, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Unstructured Reality Show, as part of its annual awards show.

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The inaugural event will take place on Thursday, November 3 in Brooklyn, New York and feature awards in the following categories:

  • Best Documentary Feature Film (Theatrical Premiere)
  • Best Documentary Feature (Television Premiere)
  • Best Director of a Documentary
  • Best First Documentary Feature
  • Best Music Documentary
  • Best Sports Documentary
  • Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary
  • Best Limited Documentary Series for Television
  • Best Ongoing Documentary Series for Television
  • Best Unstructured Reality Series
  • Best Song in a Documentary
  • Most Innovative Documentary
  • Best Investigative Journalist, and many more.

The awards will be determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA).

Nominees will be announced on Monday, October 10. They will be selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field.

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Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association president Joey Berlin said of the news, “To be able to shine a light on some of the most outstanding documentaries and non-fiction television programs is something we are really proud of. 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.”

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