DOC NYC presented six awards and seven honorable mentions in 2015. Four juries selected films from the Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts, and DOC NYC U programs to recognize for outstanding achievements in form and content. Festivalgoers also voted for a SundanceNow Doc Club Audience Award. We hope these selections will surprise, inspire, and spark debate.

Winners of the 2015 Grand Jury Prize in the Viewfinders and Metropolis competitions received a deliverables package provided by Technicolor-PostWorks New York, a comprehensive post facility offering data and film workflows, multi-format  conform, color grading, sound mixing, and digital cinema.

They also received a one-week theatrical, awards-qualifying run at the IFC Center in 2016.

The winner of the 2015 SundanceNow Doc Club Audience Award received a selection of DVDs and a one-year complimentary membership to the SundanceNow Doc Club, which offers streaming access to up to ten new documentaries each month, curated by DOC NYC Artistic Director Thom Powers.

The 2015 winning Short film qualified for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run (provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules).


VIEWFINDERS COMPETITION: Films in this section are chosen for their distinct directorial vision. Past winners: Motley’s Law, directed by Nicole Horyani (2015); Cairo Drive, directed by Sherief Elkatsha (2014); A World Not Ours, directed by Mahdi Fleifel; Informant, directed by Jamie Meltzer (2012); Scenes of a Crime, directed by Grover Babcock, Blue Hadaegh (2011); Windfall, directed by Laura Israel (2010).

METROPOLIS COMPETITION: Films in this section exemplify the diverse range of stories in New York City. Past winners: Class Divide, directed by Marc Levin (2015); Homme Less, directed by Thomas Wirthensohn (2014); The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, directed by David L. Lewis (2013); Radioman, directed by Mary Kerr (2012); Girl With Black Balloons, directed by Corrine Van Der Borch (2011); To Be Heard, directed by Rolan Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan (2010).

SUNDANCENOW DOC CLUB AUDIENCE AWARD: Features in the Viewfinders and Metropolis sections are also eligible for this award, chosen by audience balloting at the main screening of each film.  Past winners: Left on Purpose, directed by Justin Schein, co-directed by David Mehlman (2015); The Hand That Feeds, directed by Robin Blotnick (2014); Web, directed by Michael Kleiman (2013); Rafea: Solar Mama, directed by Mona Eidaief, Jehane Noujaim (2012); First Position, directed by Bess Kargman (2011); To Be Heard, directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan (2010).

SHORTS COMPETITION: All short films playing in the festival are eligible for this jury prize. Past winners: Pink Boy, directed by Eric Rockey (2015, tie); The Surrender, directed by Stephen Maing (2015, tie); Mirror Image, directed by Danielle Schwartz (2014); Softening, directed by Kelly O’Brien (2013); Flo, directed by Riley Hooper (2012).

DOC NYC U COMPETITION: Short films playing in DOC NYC U, a section highlighting new nonfiction work by local NYC college and university students, are eligible for this juried prize. Past winners: Fairy Tales, directed by NYU’s Rongfei Guo (2015).