"Citizenfour," Laura Poitras' film about NSA document leaker
Poitras' third documentary in a trilogy about post-9/11 America, "Citizenfour" is a you-are-there account of Snowden's decision, with Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald, to expose the National Security Agency's massive surveillance operation collecting the personal data of ordinary citizens.
"Citizenfour" debuted to a rare standing ovation at the New York Film Festival in October and made the Oscar shortlist for documentary features earlier this week; it also won the Gotham Award for best documentary.
The IDA's award for best short went to Johnny Burke and Andrew Hinton's "Tashi and the Monk," about a Buddhist monk running a community for orphaned and neglected children in India. The short also garnered the Pare Lorentz Award, which recognizes films focusing on environmental and social issues.
Hosted by writer and comedienne
For a full list of winners, go to the IDA Awards website.