IDA seeking entries for docu awards

The Intl. Documentary Assn. has issued a call for entries in the 1997 Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition. Deadline for submissions is June 16.

Presentations will be made at the 13th annual IDA awards banquet Oct. 31 in Los Angeles.

Nominees will be selected in four categories: longform (over 40 minutes), short form, limited series of up to 12 episodes and single programs in an ongoing strand.

The latter two categories were added this year to “more accurately reflect the platforms available for nonfiction productions,” IDA president David Haugland said.

IDA is also calling for entries for the 1997 David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award, which recognizes exceptional student achievement in documentary production at the university level.

Additionally, all entries will be eligible for two new awards. The IDA/ABCNEWS VideoSource Award will be presented for the best use of news footage. The prize includes a $2,000 honorarium and $2,000 worth of research time at the ABCNEWS VideoSource facility in New York.

The IDA/Pare Lorentz Award will be presented to the film that best reflects the democratic sensibility, activist spirit and lyrical vision of documentarian Pare Lorentz (“The Plow That Broke the Plains,” “The River’). The prize is a $2,500 honorarium

For eligibility, nonfiction films must have been completed, had primary cinema release or been telecast between Jan. 1, 1996, and April 30, 1997.

The group will also present the 1997 IDA Career Achievement Award and the 1997 Preservation Scholarship Award. The latter is presented for outstanding lifetime achievement in either education or preservation in the nonfiction arena.

The awards have been sponsored by Eastman Kodak since inception in 1984.

For more information about the IDA Awards, contact Pam Steinman at (310) 284-8422, Ext. 9.

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