The honor celebrates the year’s documentary films that used commitment, passion and storytelling to make the greatest impact on society.
This year’s distinguished directors and films include Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster for “American Promise,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite for “Blackfish,” Pamela Yates for “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” Eugene Jarecki for “The House I Live In” and Callum Macrae for “No Fire Zone.” Each film receives $15,000.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating these five fantastic films, not only bringing great stories to communities but bringing about real world change,” said BRITDOC’s Jess Search in a statement.
This year also marks the introduction of two new awards from BRITDOC: the #NetflixHi5 Award and the Outstanding Partner Award. The latter was awarded to United Way, nominated by the team behind “American Paradise.” The #NetflixHi5 award recognizes the winning film that receives the highest number of support tweets and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 25.
As part of the awards, BRITDOC is also releasing comprehensive Impact Reports on the work of each film team and their campaign partners. This work can be found on their website.