The organization behind the Critics’ Choice Awards is launching a documentary awards show on Nov. 3 at BRIC in Brooklyn to honor documentary features and non-fiction television.
The announcement was made on Monday by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the groups that present the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Awards categories will include 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, and best investigative journalist.
The nominees will be selected by committees of BFCA and BTJA members and announced on Oct. 10. Winners will be selected by the full memberships of both organizations.
The documentary and non-fiction categories will be removed from the Critics’ Choice Awards, which take place in January.
“There is so much great work being done in these fields, but it is often difficult to introduce them to audiences,” said BFCA and BTJA president Joey Berlin in a statement announcing the new awards. “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.”