New York Times Op-Doc Death of a Prisoner, from director Laura Poitras (pictured), is among 15 films on the shortlist for this year’s Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.
Poitras’s short investigates the case of a Guantánamo Bay prisoner who died in solitary confinement. Poitras, who made headlines this year as part of the investigative team publishing stories based on leaks by ex-National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden, previously won a Cinema Eye award for feature direction for her 2011 doc The Oath.
Other nominees include Yuri Ancarani, on this year’s list for Da Vinci, who was previously up for the same award in 2012 for Il Capo; and Sergio Oksman, nominated for A Story for the Modlins, who was a finalist in 2011 for his film Notes on the Other.
The nominees were selected by a jury of short film/documentary programmers for international film festivals. The winner will be announced at the 7th Annual Cinema Eye Honors in New York City in January.
The full shortlist is below:
Black Out (UK) Directed by Eva Weber
Bradley Manning Had Secrets (UK) Directed by Adam Butcher
Coffee Time (Elvakaffe) (Sweden) Directed by Maria Fredriksson
Da Vinci (Italy) Directed by Yuri Ancarani
Death of a Prisoner (USA) Directed by Laura Poitras
I Kill (New Zealand) Directed by David White and Paul Wedel
Magnetic Reconnection (Canada) Directed by Kyle Armstrong
Marcel, King of Tervuren (USA) Directed by Tom Schroeder
Nile Perch (USA) Directed by Josh Gibson
Outlawed in Pakistan (Pakistan/USA) Directed by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann
Pouters (Scotland) Directed by Paul Fegan
Reindeer (UK) Directed by Eva Weber
The Roper (USA) Directed by Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands
Slomo (USA) Directed by Josh Izenberg
A Story for the Modlins (Spain) Directed by Sergio Oksman