This year’s event, which ran from November 12 to 19, hosted 104 feature-length documentaries with 27 of those listed as world premieres. Documentarians in attendance at the annual New York-based event included Michael Moore, Frederick Wiseman, Barbara Kopple, Amy Berg, Alex Gibney, Kim Longinotto, Liz Garbus, Davis Guggenheim, Asif Kapadia, Morgan Neville, and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Four awards juries selected the winning films from each of the festival’s categories – Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts and DOC NYC U – while the SundanceNow Doc Club Audience Award was selected by festival audiences.
“DOC NYC significantly increased its reach this year, from the new DOC NYC PRO Conference and Lounge that attracted hundreds of filmmakers to the rising prominence of the Short List section and Visionaries Tribute,” said festival artistic director Thom Powers in a statement. “We’re experiencing more filmmakers from around the country and other parts of the world making this a regular stop on their calendar.”
This year’s winners are as follows:
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Motley’s Law, directed by Nicole Horanyi
Special Mention: Newman, directed by Jon Fox
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Class Divide, directed by Marc Levin
Special Mention: Missing People, directed by David Shaprio
Grand Jury Prize Co-Winners: Pink Boy, directed by Eric Rockey; The Surrender, directed by Stephen Maing
Special Mentions: A Passion of Gold and Fire, directed by Sebastien Pins; The Bad Boy of Bowling, directed by Bryan Storkel; German Shepherd, directed by Nils Bergendal
DOC NYC U Competition
Best Film: Fairy Tales, directed by Rongfei Guo
Special Mention: Alive and Kicking, directed by Lara-Ann de Wet; Last Days of Domino, directed by Yuqi Kang