This award is given to a filmmaker who has made a major impact on the documentary genre through a long and distinguished body of work. Whist Herzog is also established as a narrative filmmaker, he is best known for his documentaries such as Grizzly Man (pictured), White Diamond, My Best Fiend, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and Land of Silence and Darkness.
His latest film, Encounters at the End of the World, screened at the Sydney Film Festival but there are currently no plans for a local cinema release.
(Encounters at the End of the World trailer)
“With the onslaught of new technologies such as digital effects and Photoshop, and new forms of ‘reality TV’ and virtual realities in cyberspace, our sense of reality is challenged in an unprecedented way,” said Herzog.
“Documentary filmmaking is called upon to find new answers. In these times of re-definition, it is a particular honour for me to receive the award from the IDA.”
Previous recipients of the career achievement award include Sheila Nevins, Michael Apted, Ken Burns, Albert Maysles, Haskell Wexler and Michael Moore.