The International Documentary Association’s 2013 IDA Documentary Awards honoured Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian activism story The Square with the best feature award on Friday night (December 6) in Los Angeles.

The best short award went to Josh Izenberg’s Slomo, about neurologist turned rollerblader Dr John Kitchin.

The IDA’s Career Achievement Award was presented to Alex Gibney, currently in awards contention with The Armstrong Lie.

The IDA Amicus Award went to Impact Partners co-founder Geralyn Dreyfous, who also founded the Utah Film Center. Dreyfous’ executive producer credits include The Square, Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War and The Crash Reel.

Laura Poitras received IDA’s Courage Under Fire Award in recognition of “conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, broke the story of National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, revealing the PRISM programme in the process.

Poitras is currently in Berlin editing a film about NSA surveillance, the third of a trilogy of films about America post-9/11, which includes My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010).

She accepted the award via satellite link from William Binney, who worked at the NSA for more than 30 years before resigning in protest over the agency’s data mining programmes.

The Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award went to Zachary Heinzerling for Cutie And The Boxer.

A complete list of 2013 IDA Documentary Awards winners
Career Achievement Award
Alex Gibney

Ida Amicus Award
Geralyn Dreyfous

Courage Under Fire Award
Laura Poitras
Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award
Zachary Heinzerling

Best Feature Award
The Square

Best Short Award

Best Limited Series Award
Inside Man

Best Continuing Series Award
Independent Lens

David L Wolper Student Documentary Award
My Sister Sarah

Humanitas Documentary Award
Blood Brother

Pare Lorentz Award
A Place At The Table

ABCNews Videosource Award
The Trials Of Muhammad Ali

Best Cinematography
Pablo’s Winter

Best Editing
Let The Fire Burn

Best Music
Narco Cultura

Best Writing
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