The ceremony will be held on Dec. 9 at the Paramount Studios Backlot with awards given for best feature documentary, best short documentary, David L. Wolper student documentary award and best limited series. Nominees will be announced in early November.
Lyn and Norman Lear will receive the Amicus award and Nelson will receive the Career Achievement award. Derks will receive the Pioneer award; and Wang will receive the Emerging documentary filmmaker.
The IDA noted that the Lears are social and political activists, philanthropists, and founders of the Lear Family Foundation which supports a wide variety of projects that address issues such as civil liberties, the environment, health, youth and civic activism.
“Lyn and I are proud to accept IDA’s Amicus Award because we believe that documentary film can, and has, made so much change, especially in the areas of climate change, civil liberties, and civil rights,” Norman Lear said. “As strong supporters of the documentary film community we believe no other institution serves documentarians in the way IDA does, particularly when it comes to advocacy, educational opportunities, and introducing new audiences to the craft.”
Norman Lear’s latest documentary venture, “America Divided,” is currently airing on Epix.
Nelson’s credits include “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Freedom Riders,” “Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple” and “The Murder of Emmett Till.” He is also the founder of Firelight Media.
Derks founded the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 1988 and became the director in 1989. The event has become the largest documentary festival and market in the world.
Wang is known for her work featuring the stories of marginalized or mistreated people. Her feature debut “Hooligan Sparrow” has so far received support from Sundance Institute, IFP, IDA and Britdoc, and has played at several film festivals.