Studio City, CA (June 13, 2007) – The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced the creation of a new award and award category, the Alan Ett Music Documentary Award. The honor will be bestowed upon a gifted filmmaker for an outstanding documentary about music–and/or illustrating exemplary creativity for the use of music in a documentary.
To qualify, the documentary must be an individual stand-alone short or feature. The award will be presented to the credited individual who exercised creative control over the project from inception to completion. In addition to the prestigious honor, the recipient be handed a cash prize of $5,000.00.
Alan Ett, President and CEO of the Alan Ett Creative Group of companies and a past winner of the coveted IDA Pare Lorentz award as the Executive Producer of the documentary film Sugihara, A Conspiracy of Kindness felt that it was time that the music category be recognized in the world of documentaries.
“In a given year, when there are films about global warming and the massacres in Dafur, a film about an international youth orchestra touring the world is not going to win anything, no matter how wonderful that film may be. In the world today, music is so often the only way to successfully carry a global message and the filmmakers who tell those stories should have the same opportunity to be honored as their colleagues who undertake the pursuit of other issues to convey their message. I have always lived with music as an ultimate source of inspiration and awakening and a belief in the universal power of music. Hopefully, this award will help the filmmakers realize their vision and in some small way, change the world.”
The IDA Awards Competition is a genre-specific event dedicated to the documentary film. The Distinguished Feature and Short winners will be announced at the IDA Awards Gala at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, December 7th, 2007 and screened on December 8th, 2007 at IDA’s annual DocuFest, along with the other winning films at the Eastman Kodak Company Screening Room.
International Documentary Association