DOC NYC unveiled its short lists for the festival’s 10th anniversary today (Sept. 26), with The Cave, The Elephant Queen, The Kingmaker and Knock Down The House securing spots in the Short List: Features section.
The festival’s Features and Shorts sections comprise a curated selection of non-fiction films that the DOC NYC programming team considers to be top contenders for Oscars and other awards.
For the first time, the Short List: Features will vie for juried awards in four categories: directing, producing, cinematography and editing.
DOC NYC will also launch a new section, Winner’s Circle, highlighting films that have won top prizes at international festivals but may “fly below the radar” of American audiences.
Michael Apted and Martin Scorsese, the two recipients of DOC NYC’s previously announced Visionaries Lifetime Achievement Awards, will also have their latest documentary films screened: 63 Up and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, respectively.
Returning for its second year, DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 list honors documentary talents in the disciplines of directing, producing, editing and cinematography.
Honorees include: Shane Boris, producer of The Edge of Democracy; Alan Hicks, director of Quincy; Nicholas Ma, producer of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Clair Popkin, cinematographer for Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates; Sofian Khan, director/producer of The Interpreters; Alexandria Bombach, director of On Her Shoulders; Crystal Moselle, director/producer of The Wolfpack; Nico Opper, director/producer of The F Word; Deia Schlosberg, director/producer of The Story of Plastic; and Rob Hatch-Miller, director/producer of Other Music.
For a full list of the festival’s 40 under 40 talents, visit DOC NYC’s website.
DOC NYC’s 10th edition runs Nov. 6 to 15.
Short List Features:
American Factory (Netflix)
Dir: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
The Apollo (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Roger Ross Williams
Apollo 11 (NEON)
Dir: Todd Douglas Miller
Ask Dr. Ruth (Hulu/Magnolia Pictures)
Dir: Ryan White
The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Dir: John Chester
The Cave (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Dir: Feras Fayyad
Diego Maradona (HBO Sports)
Dir: Asif Kapadia
The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)
Dir: Petra Costa
The Elephant Queen (Apple)
Dir: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone
For Sama (PBS Distribution/Frontline)
Dir: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
The Great Hack (Netflix)
Dir: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim
Dir: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
The Kingmaker (Showtime Documentary Films)
Dir: Lauren Greenfield
Knock Down the House (pictured, Netflix)
Dir: Rachel Lears
One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)
Dir: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Advocate (Film Movement)
Dir: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche
Winner: DocAviv (Israel), Krakow (Poland), Thessaloniki (Greece)
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Magnolia Pictures)
Dir: Mads Brügger
Winner: It’s All True (Brazil)
The Fourth Kingdom (El Cuarto Reino)
Dir: Adán Aliaga, Àlex Lora Cercos
Winner: DocumentaMadrid (Spain)
Dir: Pailin Wedel
Winner: Hot Docs (Canada)
Midnight Family (1091 Media)
Dir: Luke Lorentzen
Winner: Sheffield (UK), Hong Kong
Midnight Traveler (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Dir: Hassan Fazili
Winner: Doc Edge (New Zealand)
Sea of Shadows (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Dir: Richard Ladkani
Winner: Sundance Audience Award