DOC NYC is pleased to announce the 2019 DOC NYC Short List: Features; the eighth annual selection of the year’s top 15 award contenders for feature documentary. The list is considered influential for its steady track record of anticipating Academy Award nominees and winners.
The DOC NYC Short List for documentary features officially started in 2012 with 10 titles and grew to 15 titles in 2014. It has a history of being a predictor of other awards – from critics’ prizes and top ten lists to the Oscars. For the last eight years, DOC NYC screened the documentary that went on to win the Academy Award, and the festival has screened 27 of the last 30 Oscar-nominated documentary features. The DOC NYC Short List has also had a notably strong track record for spotlighting titles that are named to the subsequent Academy Award Documentary Short List. The list is selected by the festival’s programming team, led by Artistic Director Thom Powers.
All of the DOC NYC Short List titles will be shown during the festival with the director or other special guests present for their primary screening. Tickets for these screenings go on sale Mid-October!
Additionally, the Short List directors or other collaborators will participate in the DOC NYC PRO Short List Day – a series of four conversations on Friday, November 8, followed by a Happy Hour.
The public can attend Short List: Features Day, gaining access to four panels with directors or collaborators from all 15 film teams, by purchasing a DOC NYC PRO pass for the Short List: Features day, on sale now. You can purchase yours HERE!
Notable this year: The list has 9 films with a female director–60% of the entries– an increase from last year’s peak of 7 films directed by women. Returning veterans from the DOC NYC Short List include Roger Ross Williams, who appeared twice before with God Loves Uganda and Life Animated. Three other directors have appeared once before: Jehane Noujaim (The Square), Ryan White (The Case Against 8) and Asif Kapadia (Amy).
This year’s Short List: Features are:
AMERICAN FACTORY (Netflix)
Dir: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
THE APOLLO (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Roger Ross Williams
APOLLO 11 (NEON)
Dir: Todd Douglas Miller
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
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 (Netflix)
Dir: Rachel Lears
ONE CHILD NATION (Amazon Studios)
Dir: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang