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“Crip Camp”, “Athlete A” longlisted for 2021 BAFTA Film Awards

Feature-length documentaries Athlete A, Crip Camp and Dick Johnson is Dead are among the 15 documentary and scripted feature films longlisted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for the 2021 EE British ...
February 4, 2021

Feature-length documentaries Athlete ACrip Camp and Dick Johnson is Dead are among the 15 documentary and scripted feature films longlisted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards.

The British organization amended its BAFTA voting instituted in September to drive the diversity of nominations, with round one of voting having taken place from Jan. 12-26. Longlists existed in BAFTA voting prior to 2012 but were eliminated that year.

The second round of voting opens Feb. 19 and closes March 1. The nominations will be announced on March 9. Round three of voting commences March 25 and closes April 7. The BAFTA Awards will take place Apr. 11.

In the documentary category, 15 films will progress to round two of voting, with five films receiving nominations. Seventy-seven documentary feature films were submitted for consideration in the category.

Longlisted in the category were Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s Athlete A, focused on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse; James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham’s Crip Camp (pictured), which tells the story of a 1970s ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers; and Kirsten Johnson’s Dick Johnson is Dead, in which the filmmaker stages her father’s death in inventive and comical ways to help them both face the inevitable.

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s natural history documentary My Octopus Teacher, meanwhile, was longlisted in the Documentary and Director categories. The 85-minute doc charts diver Craig Foster, who also produced the film, as he swims every day over the course of one year with a wild octopus that lives in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa.

The full list of documentaries longlisted for a BAFTA Film Award follows below:

Documentary

  • All In: The Fight For Democracy
  • Athlete A
  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Becoming
  • Billie
  • Collective
  • Crip Camp
  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
  • Dick Johnson is Dead
  • The Dissident
  • I Am Greta
  • MLK/FBI
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • The Social Dilemma
  • The Truffle Hunters
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