International Documentary Association (IDA) Announces A New Award - The Alan Ett Music Doc

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The International Documentary Association (IDA) Announces the Creation of a New Award, The Inaugural "Alan Ett Music Documentary Award” To Be Presented December 7, 2007 in Los Angeles

Studio City, CA (June , 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 the foremost 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.

The mission of the International Documentary Association is to promote nonfiction film and video around the world by: supporting and recognizing the efforts of documentary film and video makers; increasing public appreciation and demand for the documentary and providing a forum for documentary makers, their supporters and suppliers. IDA serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 300 independent nonfiction projects each year. Under its 501(c)(3) nonprofit umbrella, IDA accepts grants and donations for those projects approved to participate in its Fiscal Sponsorship program, thereby supporting worthwhile programs that would otherwise have difficulty finding funding. To honor the excellence and promise of documentarians, IDA presents awards each winter to professional and student documentary makers at a Gala Ceremony. Awards are given for Distinguished Documentary Achievement, Career Achievement, and Preservation and Scholarship. In addition, donors have endowed special honors which are also presented, such as the David L. Wolper Student Award, the ABC News VideoSource Award, The Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award and the Pare Lorentz Award. The general public has a chance to see the winning work at a day-long festival created by the IDA called, DocuFest™. These awards are highly valued professional recognition.

The IDA was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of nonfiction film and video makers throughout the United States and the world; promoting the documentary form; and expanding opportunities for the production, distribution, and exhibition of documentary. The IDA is committed to continuing its efforts to increase public appreciation and demand for documentary films, videos, and television programs across all ethnic, political and socioeconomic boundaries. Over the past twenty-three years IDA has served as a forum and voice for documentarians around the world. IDA currently serves over 2,800 members in 50 countries, offering programs, seminars, lectures, workshops, and screenings for those members and the general public.

Alan Ett Creative Group is a community of companies founded in 1991 by Alan Ett which has been focused on the establishment of strong relationships in the production community as a provider of a wide range of services and product. AECG is comprised of Alan Ett Music Group (AEMG), the music production company, Opus 1 Music library, one of the fastest growing music library companies in the world, Media City Sound (MCS), the audio post production facility and Creative Production Group (CPG), the media production company. The vision being manifest in this organization is one of synergy among the entities, careful nurturing of our talented staff and our stellar reputations, and growth through service to our clients and strategic alliances with major players in allied industries. We believe in our mission and expect to be a major creative force well into the new millennium.

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