The honor will be presented at the 30th Annual IDA Documentary Awards on Dec. 5 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
The IDA cited Redford as founder of the Sundance Institute and its Documentary Film Program and recognized his work on docs including “The Solar Film,” “Yosemite: Fate of Heaven,” “Incident at Oglala” and “The Unforeseen.”
He formed Sundance Productions in 2012 and the company has since produced “All The President’s Men Revisited,” “Chicagoland” and “Death Row Stories” for CNN and the 3D “Cathedrals of Culture” with executive producer Wim Wenders.
Previous recipients of the IDA Career Achievement Award include Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, Sheila Nevins, Michael Moore and Werner Herzog.
The organization’s Pioneer Award will be presented to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of World of Wonder Productions and producers of “Inside Deep Throat,” “Becoming Chaz,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Party Monster.”
Rithy Panh will receive the IDA’s Preservation and Scholarship Award. Pahh is co-founder of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.