Cecilia Aldarondo’s Landfall, Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple’s Five Years North and Garrett Bradley’s Time are a few of the films to win at the 2020 DOC NYC jury awards.
The Short List: Features program — a selection of non-fiction films that the festival’s programming team considers to be among the year’s strongest contenders for Oscars and other awards — vied for awards in four categories: directing, producing, cinematography, and editing. The Short List awards were voted on by two juries of filmmaker peers.
Bradley took home the directing award for Time (pictured), acquired by Amazon Studios in February following its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the directing award: U.S. documentary.
The film follows Fox Rich, an entrepreneur, author and mother of six who has spent the last 21 years fighting for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence for an offense they both committed.
Welcome to Chechnya, produced by Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, Askold Kurov and David France, won the producing award; while Jeff Gilbert’s Boys State won for editing; and 76 Days, directed by Weixi Chen and “Anonymous” won for cinematography.
Collective, directed by Alexander Nanau, received Doc NYC’s special jury recognition for truth to power.
Landfall, a portrait of the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, won the Grand Jury prize in the Viewfinders competition, which recognizes films with distinct directorial vision. The film is directed and produced by Aldarondo and produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna.
Through the Night, directed/produced by Loira Limbal and produced by Jameka Autry, received special jury recognition for ethics of care in the Viewfinders competition.
Five Years North, meanwhile, won in the Metropolis competition, the section dedicated to stories about New Yorkers and New York City.
The film, directed by Ingrasci and Temple and produced by Kelly, is the coming-of-age story of Luis, an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrived alone in New York City. He struggles to work, study, and evade Judy — the Cuban-American ICE officer patrolling his neighborhood.
To see the full list of award winners, visit DOC NYC’s website.
In other news, the festival is extending its program for an additional 10 days under the banner DOC NYC Encore, running online through Nov. 29.
Available to U.S. audiences, the encore program will present more than 70 features from this year’s festival, including select award winners, in addition to its DOC NYC Live filmmaker conversations, held daily on Facebook Live Nov. 20 to 24.
This year’s Audience Award is expected to be announced shortly after voting closes on Nov. 19.