Magazine article Screen International

'O.J.: Made in America' Triumphs at IDA Awards

Magazine article Screen International

'O.J.: Made in America' Triumphs at IDA Awards

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ESPN's episodic O.J.: Made In America won the best feature award in further recognition of Ezra Edelman's work after wins at the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle.

The best Short Award went to Netflix's The White Helmets directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. Best Cinematography was presented to Gianfranco Rosi for his Fire At Sea, distributed in the US by Kino Lorber, while Netflix's Making a Murderer earned best limited series award.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has gifted the IDA the four-year, $5m grant to establish the IDA Documentary/Journalism Project to improve and combine work from both fields in a manner that promotes the safety of it practitioners.

This year the IDA honored five filmmakers and documentary luminaries. Lyn and Norman Lear were awarded the Amicus Award for their work supporting documentary film and freedom of speech; Stanley Nelson received the Career Achievement Award for his work documenting the African American experience; Ally Derks received the Pioneer Award in recognition of her work founding and building the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA); and director Nanfu Wang received the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.

"Support for this new fund at IDA is an expression of [The MacArthur Foundation's] enduring commitment to independent media, and part of a broader set of investments aimed at building strong institutions in the fields of non-profit journalism, nonfiction storytelling, and participatory civic media," said Kathy Im, director of the Journalism and Media programme at MacArthur. …

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