DOC NYC Announces the 2019 Features Short List

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

 

 

 

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/Channel 4)

Dir: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

 

 

 

THE GREAT HACK (Netflix)

Dir: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim 

 

 

 

HONEYLAND (NEON)

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