That crispness you feel in the air? It’s award season, dawning seemingly earlier every year. To kick off this round of accolades and honors, the Cinema Eye Honors — the largest annual celebration and recognition of the nonfiction film artform and the creators of those films — has announced its “shorts list” of ten short documentaries that serve as semi-finalists for Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award at the 11th Annual Cinema Eye Honors. The list includes an exciting selection of new talents, as only one of the listed filmmakers (Laura Poitras) is a previous Cinema Eye nominee and winner, indicating a fresh crop of new documentary talents to watch.
From this list of ten semi-finalists, five or more films will be named as nominees for the award. Those nominees, plus the contenders for nearly a dozen feature film categories, will be announced on Thursday, November 3, in San Francisco during SFFILM Doc Stories. The announcement of the list was made over the weekend at the 2017 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). For the fourth consecutive year, all ten films also screened on the coast of Maine during the influential fall festival.
“From sugarcane fields in the Everglades to China’s largest wholesale market to a high dive platform in Sweden, this year’s short documentaries offer us an unexpected and often revelatory view of the human condition,” said Rachel Rosen, Director of Programming for SFFILM and the Chair of the Cinema Eye Short Film and Broadcast Nominations Committees. “The 10 exceptional films on this year’s ’Shorts List’ also show filmmakers, both veteran and emerging, working at the highest levels in their exploration of the documentary form.”
The winner will be announced at the 11th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens on the evening of Thursday, January 11, 2018.
This year’s ten “Shorts List” semi-finalists for Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking are:
“10 Meter Tower”(Sweden)
Directed by Maximilian Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson
“Commodity City” (USA/China)
Directed by Jessica Kingdon
Directed by Laura Checkoway
“Fish Story” (UK)
Directed by Charlie Lyne
Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon
“Little Potato “(USA)
Directed by Wes Hurley and Nathan Miller
“La Pesca” (Columbia/Canada)
Directed by Pablo Alvarez Mesa and Fernando Lopez Escriva
Directed by Agnieszka Elbanowska
“Project X” (USA)
Directed by Laura Poitras and Henrik Moltke
“The Rabbit Hunt” (USA)
Directed by Patrick Bresnan
Cinema Eye has also announced its Core Leadership Team for the 2018 Honors , as well as a newly-formed 29-person Kitchen Cabinet of advisors representing each of the crafts that are celebrated by Cinema Eye.
Acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker Dawn Porter joins Marshall Curry as the Co-Chairs of Cinema Eye. Wendy Garrett and Nathan Truesdell return as Co-Chairs of Cinema Eye Week. Ben Fowlie (Executive Director of The Points North Institute) and Rachel Rosen are Chairs of Cinema Eye’s Nomination Committees. Will Lennon is the Managing Director of Cinema Eye. AJ Schnack is Cinema Eye’s Founding Director.
Cinema Eye’s inaugural Kitchen Cabinet of advisors includes eighteen previous nominees, representing all of Cinema Eye’s craft categories. The Kitchen Cabinet will advise the Cinema Eye core team and will be the first group to generate nominees for Cinema Eye’s Distinctive Honors, including the annual Legacy Award.
Members of 2018 Cinema Eye Kitchen Cabinet include:
Ana Gomez Bernaus
Dustin Guy Defa
Signe Byrge Sorensen