The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has named eight docs to the Academy Award Documentary Short Subject shortlist; three to five will nab Oscar nominations.
The eight shortlisted doc shorts, selected by the Academy’s Documentary Branch, were chosen from 40 eligible titles. They are:
Facing Fear, Jason Cohen Productions
Jujitsu-ing Reality, Sobini Films
Karama Has No Walls, Hot Spot Films
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Reed Entertainment
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Prison Terminal
Recollections, Notrac Productions
SLOMO, Big Young Films and Runaway Films
This marks the first year that new rules regarding Documentary Shorts will be followed, whereby the entire AMPAS voter membership vote for the winner, versus past years where only the Academy’s Documentary Branch voters were eligible to vote.
In addition, short docs that screened at 24 major film festivals, including Sundance, IDFA and SXSW, became eligible to qualify.
The winner will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on March 2.