CIFF ’16: Cinema Eye reveals shorts finalists

Sol Friedman's Bacon and God's Wrath (pictured) and Mike Palmieri and Donal Mosher's Peace in the Valley are among 10 doc shorts selected as semi-finalists for the Cinema Eye Honors nonfiction award.
September 16, 2016

Sol Friedman‘s Bacon and God’s Wrath and Mike Palmieri and Donal Mosher‘s Peace in the Valley are among 10 documentary shorts selected as semi-finalists for the Cinema Eye Honors’ Outstanding Nonfiction Short Film Award.

Semi-finalists were announced on Sept. 14, the eve of the 2016 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), which is a partner of the organization. The American doc fest - now in its 12th year – runs in Maine until Sept. 18 and will screen all 10 shorts.

From the 10 nominees, five will be selected as finalists for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short on Nov. 2 in New York City, with the winner announced at the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Ceremony on Jan. 11, 2017.

Finalists for the shorts award were determined by a panel of distinguished documentary programmers from international film festivals, including Rachel Rosen, San Francisco; Claire Aguilar, Sheffield; Chris Boeckmann, True/False; Cara Cusumano, Tribeca; Ben Fowlie, Camden; Claudette Godfrey, SXSW; Doug Jones, Images Cinema; Ted Mott, Full Frame; Veton Nurkollari, Dokufest Kosovo; Dan Nuxoll, Rooftop; Mike Plante, Sundance; and Kim Yutani, Sundance.

“In the past few years, the short form has been one of documentary’s most exciting modes to engage subjects and stories,” said Rosen, director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society and chair of the Cinema Eye Shorts Committee, in a statement. “This year is no exception as these 10 excellent films take us to unexpected places and introduce us to characters we’ve never seen before.”

This year’s finalists are:

Bacon and God’s Wrath (Canada)
Directed by Sol Friedman

The Black Belt (USA)
Directed by Margaret Brown

Extremis (USA)
Directed by Dan Krauss

Gatekeeper (Canada)
Directed by Yung Chang

La Laguna (Mexico)
Directed by Aaron Schock

My Aleppo (USA)
Direct by Melissa Langer

Pickle (USA)
Directed by Amy Nicholson

The Send-Off (USA)
Directed by Ivette Lucas and Patrick Bresnan

Peace in the Valley (USA)
Directed by Mike Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Uzu (Japan)
Directed by Gaspard Kuentz


Pictured: Sol Friedman‘s Bacon and God’s Wrath

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