IDA LogoThe International Documentary Association (IDA) announced the winners of the 20th annual IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition on Thursday (IDA Announces Award 20th Annual Award Nominations) and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 shared the best feature award with Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's Born Into Brothels, a look into the lives of a group of children trying to escape their lives in Calcutta's red light district. In the shorts category (films under 40 minutes), the winner was Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston's Mighty Times Volume 2: The Children's March, a film that recounts the effect on the civil rights movement in 1963 Alabama when thousands of children and students joined the fight.

Other winners include:

Limited Series competition for segments of a series with a specific continuing theme or subject:
The New Americans
Executive produced by Steve James and Gordon Quinn, the series follows immigrants and refugees from countries such as Nigeria, India, and Mexico through their first years in America.

Continuing Series competition for documentaries that are part of an ongoing series:
American Masters
Launched in 1984 by executive producer Susan Lacy, American Masters explores the lives of America's most enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists and filmmakers.

2004 Pare Lorentz Award:
Oil On Ice, from directors-producers Bo Boudart and Dale Djerassi. The film looks at the battle being waged over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The award is named after the award-winning director of The River, The Plow that Broke the Plains and others.

The winner of the IDA/ABCNEWS VideoSource competition was Imelda, by director-producer Ramona S. Diaz. The award recognizes a filmmaker who makes "the best use of historic news footage to tell a non-fiction story."

For the second year-running, the IDA will present the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award to an up-and-coming filmmaker who has made at least one film and " shows great promise." This year the jury chose both Jonathan Caouette and Jehane Noujaim. Caouette for his critically-acclaimed Tarnation and Noujaim for Startup.com and Control Room.

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