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IDA Documentary Awards to Honor Gordon Quinn, Ted Sarandos and Tony Tabatznik

31st annual ceremony will be held Dec. 5.

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The International Documentary Association has announced recipients of this year’s honorary prizes for the 2015 IDA Documentary Awards.

Gordon Quinn, the Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films, will receive the 2015 Career Achievement Award. This prize is given to a filmmaker who has made an impact on the documentary genre through their body of work. Quinn was the executive producer of one of this year’s documentary short subject contenders, “On Beauty.”

The Pioneer Award will be presented to Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, recognizing the streaming company’s unwavering support of creating and showcasing nonfiction programming. The award also acknowledges contributions to the nonfiction form and offering vision and leadership to the documentary community.

Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation will receive the Amicus Award for their work supporting the needs of the nonfiction media landscape. The Amicus Award acknowledges friends of the documentary community that have offered significant contributions.

Additionally, “(T)ERROR” directors Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe will receive the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award, recognizing the achievements of a filmmaker who has made a significant impact at the beginning of his or her career in documentary film. “(T)ERROR” received a grant from IDA’s Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund in 2013.

“This year we are excited to honor three individuals who have helped expand the global reach of the documentary industry,” said IDA Executive Director Simon Kilmurry. “Their passion and generous support for films and filmmakers give a voice to people telling some of the most important stories of our time, bringing them to audiences around the world.”

The 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards will be held on Dec. 5 in the Paramount Theatre at Paramount Studios.