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Top Picks and Awards

What's your pleasure? Here are lists of Oscar winners and my favorite documentary films. These documentary films deserve to be watched more than once.

Oscars 2014 Final Five Documentaries, My Choices
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.

My Thoughts About The Cinema Eye Honors 2014 Winners
This 2014 Cinema Eye Honor for Best Documentary was presented to 'The Act of Killing.' I think a better choice would have been 'Captain Phillips,' a truth-based narrative film that doesn't even lay claim authenticity or representation restricted to fact. Here's why...

Cinema Eye Honors for Documentaries - 2014 Winners
An annotated list of winners of the Cinema Eye Honors for 2014, presented January 8, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

Oscars Documentaries Shortlist 2014

My List of Best Documentaries of 2012
With two spots reserved for additional titles, here is my list of best documentaries that were released during 2012. Presented in alphabetical order.

IDFA 2013 - Documentaries to Watch List
A list of my favorite films from IDFA 2013

Academy Awards 2013 - The Nominees for Best Documentary Oscar
The list of nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary, and commentary about the current state of affairs regarding Oscar and nonfiction film.

IDFA 2013 Award Winners

AMPAS Invites 42 Documentary Filmmakers to Join in 2013
An annotated list of documentary filmmakers invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013.

2014 Cinema Eye Nominees

2013 Cinema Eye Honors
A list of 2013 Cinema Eye Honors winners, and comparison with other awards presented to documentaries.

Oscars Shortlist for Documentary Features - 2013
Oscars Shortlist for Documentary Features - 2013

Golden Trailer Awards - 2013
Recognizing the year's outstanding documentary film trailers, the Golden Trailer Awards honor the best nonfiction film previews. Here's an overview and list of nominees for the 14th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.

ACE Eddie Awards for Documentary Editors
The American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) presents the annual Eddie Awards for film editing. The editors who work on nonfiction films are often overlooked by the Oscars, but they get their due from their peer organization.

2012 IDA Documentary Awards
The annual International Documentary Association's IDA Awards are among the most prestigious honors presented to nonfiction film and filmmakers. Here's a list of the 2012 IDA Award winners.

Cinema Eye Honors 2013 Nominees
A list of the documentaries that have been nominated for Cinema Eye Honors Awards in 2013. The winners will be announced on January 9, 2013.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Award Winners 2013
Award winners at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Youth Jury
Sheffield Doc/Fest opens up the world of documentaries and nonfiction filmmaking to youngsters with its annual Youth Jury.

International Documentaries Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA - Awards 2012
A list of the awards presented at the 2012 International Documentaries Film Festival Amsterdam.

Grierson Documentary Awards Winners 2012
The prestious Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking. Here is an annoted list of the 2012 winners.

2012 Oscar Nominees
The list of nominees for Best Documentary Feature and Short for the 2012 Oscars.

Best Documentaries of 2011
2011 has been a great year for documentaries, so picking a list of bests is a daunting task. However, here is the list of my favorite documentaries released during 2011.

Best Music Documentaries of 2011
A list of the best music documentaries released during 2011.

The 2011-2012 Awards Season's Top Honors for Documentaries/Nonfiction
The list of documentaries receiving awards during the 2011/2012 awards season.

New Oscars Qualifying Rules for Documentaries for 2013
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is putting new qualifying rules for documentary film submissions for consideration for the 2013 Oscars.

An Overview of the Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards
An Overview of the annual Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards

Golden Trailer Awards 2012 Documentary Winners
Winners of the documentaries categories at the 2012 Golden Trailer Awards.

Cinema Eye Honors 2012 Winners
A list of the winners of the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking

Academy Awards 2012 Shortlist - Documentaries Shortlisted for the 2012 Oscars
A list of fifteen feature length documentaries short listed for consideration for the five avtual nominaton spots for the 2011 Oscar for best documentary feature.

Cinema Eye Honors - 2012 Awards Categories and Nominees
A report on the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors award categories and nominees.

2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards - Nominated Documentaries
The Gotham Independent Film Awards is the first awards presentation of the annual awards season. Here is a list of the documentaries nominated in three awards categories.

2011 IDA Awards
This is the list of the winners of the 2011 IDA Awards, which were presented at the International Documentary Association's annual fundraiser in Los Angeles on December 2, 2011.

IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2011 Awards
Check this list of award winners at IDFA 2011 for great documentaries to watch for at future festivals, in theatrical distribution or via broadcast or online.

Cinema Eye Honors - 2012 - Organizers, Committees and Juries
A report on the people behind the 2012 Cineme Eye Awards, including organizers, committee members, jurors and voters.

DocuWeeks 2011 - IDA's Documentary Showcase for Oscars Qualifying
DocuWeeks is an annual theatrical showcase for documentaries that have not yet been scheduled for regular theatrical runs eleases

Emmy Awards 2011 Nominations
A list of nonfiction films and reality show segments nominated for Emmy Awards in 2011.

The Emmy Awards For Documentaries
Detailing the differences between the Primetime Emmy Awards and News and Documentaries Emmy Awards, the various documentaries awards categories and different organizations behind each of the two awards presentations.

Documentaries About Cold Places
A list of thrilling documentaries about Antarctica and Earth's other cold places, ideal for watching to escape the sizzle of summer heat waves.

Primetime Emmy Awards For Documentaries
A list of Primetime Emmy Awards presented for documentary or other nonfiction television programming.

Must-See Documentaries
These documentary films vary greatly in subject matter and style, but they'll all grab hold of you and make you want to watch them time and time again.

Oscars Short List 2011
The list of fifteen documentaries shortlisted for 2011 Academy Awards consideration, selected from 101 qualifying films.

2010 Golden Trailer Awards Nominees for Best Documentary Preview
The annual Golden Trailer Awards honor and recognize the year's movie previews in 61 categories, ranging from big budget blockbusters to indie delights, from family/animation to romcom, as well as horror, thriller and trashiest trailer. There's also an award for the best trailer about a bad film. And documentaries are included, too. The eleventh annual awards presentation is on June 10, 2010, in …

What Documentary Has Changed Your Life?
In documentaries, we watch real people as they experience extraodinary circumstances. They may be struggling to survive warfare or be victims of natural disasters. They may be fighting to overcome disease, competing for top sports honors or trying to make the world a better place by advancing a cause, discovering a cure or disseminating important information. Watching documentaries can change you… See submissions

What is Your Favorite Documentary?
Viewers like documentaries for different reasons. Some find solice in them, or see ways to handle difficult situations in their own lives. Some are spurred to social activism and are lead to make significant changes in their lives. What's your favorite documentary and why? Please let us know, so we can benefit from your experience and wisdom.See submissions

Sundance Film Festival 2010 Award Winners
The list of films that won awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010.

2010 Cinema Eye Awards Speech by Bob Alexander, IndiePix President
This is text of the speech Bob Alexander, President of IndiePix, presented at the 2010 Cinema Eye Awards Ceremony on January 15, 2010 at The Times Center in New York City. IndiePix is an important distributor of documentary films, and the major sponsor of the annual Cinema Eye Awards.

Cinema Eye Awards 2010 - Winners of the 2010 Cinema Eye Honors
The annual Cinema Eye Awards, unique in recognizing the individual skills required to make documentary films, honor outstanding achievement in directing, cinematography, editing, music, graphics and animation and producing, as well as naming the year's outstanding feature and debut feature documentary. The 2010 Cinema Eye ceremony was held on January 15 at the Times Center in New York Cit…

IDFA 2009 Award Winners, Nominees and Jurors
IDFA, the world's largest documentaries film festival, takes place in Amsterdam in November every year. This is a list of nominated and winning films in all categories, including best feature length documentary, best short and mid-length documentary, best first appearance, best student documentary, audience award and others. IDFA winners receive cash prizes ranging from 1,500 to 12,500 Euros.

Best Documentaries of the 2000s
What qualifies a documentary as one of the best of a decade? Story, characters and the film's narrative arc are important, as they are in fiction features. But documentaries also have the virtue of elucidating important contemporary causes and/or events that impacts our lifestyle and expectations. Documentaries make us think about who we are and what we're be…

Academy Awards 2010 Documentaries Short List
Of the numerous films submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, these fifteen films have been selected for the short list from which voting members will choose five nominees for Best Documentary Oscar of 2010.

Great Documentaries to Give as Holiday Gifts in 2009
Documentary films tell real life stories about people who have special interests and special needs. With the wide variety of subjects covered, you can surely find a movie that perfectly matches the interests of someone special to you.

Cinema Eye Awards 2010 - Nominated Films
The Cinema Eye Awards honor nonfiction films in specific categories, including Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, best direction, best cinematography, best special effects and best editing, among others. This is the full list of documentaries nominated for the 2010 Cinema Eye Awards, to be presented January 15, 2010 in the Times Center in New York City.

Cinema Eye Awards 2010 - Eligible Documentaries
Here is the list of documentaries eligible for the 2009 Cinema Eye Awards. The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film. Cinema Eye’s mission is to advocate for, recognize and promote the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field. The films are selected by leading documentary film festival programmers.

The Best Documentary Films of 2009
The best documentary films of 2009 use a wide range of cinematic techniques and effects -- including infra red cameras, animation and graphics -- to present compelling stories elucidating the pressing issues of our day, including environmental and social issues of global importance. Many are enlightening travelogs that take you to Earth's remote areas to bring home the point that we must be more …

Emmy Awards Nominees for Best Documentary - 2009
A list of films nominated for the Emmy for Best Documentary in 2009.

Favorite Documentaries - List Your Favorite Documentaries and Why
Sometimes you like a documentary because it embraces and supports a cause that is of particular interest to you. Other documentaries appeal because they reveal the quirkier aspects of human nature or bring us close to wildlife in its natural habitat. Or, you name it. There are dozens of reasons why documentaries are meaningful and can make a difference in your life and the world around you. Share…

Documentaries About the Environment and Ecology
Documentary films about ecology and environmental issues will inform you of ways in which you can help to preserve -- and, in some cases, restore -- Mother Earth's environment so it can sustain future generations of our species.

Cinema Eye Awards - All About The Cinema Eye Awards for Documentaries
The Cinema Eye Awards are presented exclusively to documentary films and filmmakers in recognition of the craftsmanship, skills and artistry expressed in nonfiction filmmaking. These are the only documentary film awards presented in ten categories, including direction, cinematography, editing and special effects, among others.

Cinema Eye Awards For Documentary Films - 2008 Cinema Eye Awards Winners
2008 Cinema Eye Awards winners and nominees in all categories, including best film, best direction, best cinematography, best producer, best editing, best graphics, best special effects, best music and more.

Cinema Eye Awards - 2009 Nominees
The Cinema Eye Awards honor nonfiction films in ten categories, including Best Feature, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best First Feature, Best Music and Audience Choice Award. These are the 2009 nominees.

Emmy Award-Winning Documentaries - 2008
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognize achievements in several nonfiction categories, including documentary films. These documentaries won Emmys in 2008.

Documentaries That Inspire New Year's Resolutions
Resolutions run rampant at the start of the year. For 2009, make one of yours the commitment to make a difference by taking action on something that's been bugging you. It might be pollution, waste of resources, child abuse or any other pressing issue that's impacting your neighborhood or the world at large. This list of documentaries will help you to prioritize.

Academy Awards Documentary Rules
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films

Oscars 2008 Best Documentaries Short List
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Documentary Branch Nominating Committee has shortlisted fifteen films for consideration for the 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Five will make it to the voting ballot. One will win the golden statuette.

Holiday Documentaries - Documentaries to Brighten Your Holiday Season
After that holiday meal, move everyone into the den to watch documentaries that entertain, educate and inpire. These films will dkep loved ones of all ages happy while you clean up--or leave the dishes for later and join the viewing party.

Top 10 Documentary Films of 2008
Proliferation of documentaries has continued thoughout 2008, producing superb films on numerous important and fascinating subjects. The spotlight shines on the environment and environmental issues, world politics and the profusion of war around the world, personal accomplishments, adventures and the search for family roots. This is my list of 2008's best documentaries

Best Animal Documentaries - Best Documentary Films About Animals
Whether they track tigers or tail whales, or simply tell the truth about cats and dogs, animal documentaries are favorites with audiences of all ages. Here's a list of outstanding animal documentaries that are sure to please you.

2008 Emmy Awards Nominees - Nonfiction Emmy Awards Nominees
The list of Emmy Awards nominees in ten non-fiction categories

Cinema Eye Awards for Documentary Filmmaking
The Cinema Eye Awards, co-founded in 2008 by documentary programmer Thom Powers and filmmaker AJ Schnack, are the first to recognize filmmakers working in the genre for behind-the-scenes craftsmanship: outstanding achievement in direction, cinematography, editing, producing, graphics and animation.

Documentaries That Inspire
Narrative features usually have happy endings. Not so with documentaries. Why? Because docs deal with issues and tell of difficult situations in which happy endings are rare.

But, happy ending or no, when something good happens in a doc, you can believe it. It reflects something good that's happened in life--usually stemming from a personal commitment to make a difference. And, you can allow yo…

All About Documentaries and The Oscars
A guide to the Academy Awards and Documentary Film, covering the films nominated for Best Documentary Feature of 2007, background information about how nominees are selected and who votes, plus lists of winners in previous years.

Top Ten Documentaries of 2007
Hundreds of documentaries produced during 2007 range from films about American polcies and mores to serious indictments of war. Others delve into the complexities and charms of America's cultural expressions. Of all, these are, in alphabetical order, my favorites.

Oscars 2007 Best Documentaries Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Documentaries Nominating Committee has shortlisted these fifteen films for consideration for the 2007 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

Top Ten for Music Lovers
Want to find a great music documentary to fill out your collection or give as a gift to a music lover? This list presents ten top music docs that fit the bill--whether you prefer classical, rock or country music.

Oscar Winners - 2000s
Academy Award winning documentary films, listed by year from 2000 to 2006.

Oscar Winners - 1990s
Academy Award winning documentary films from the years 1990 to 1999.

Oscar Winners - 1980s
Academy Award winning documentary films from the years 1980 to 1989

Best Documentaries for Kids - Great Documentary Films for Children
These documentaries are entertaining, educational and enlightening films will set excellent standards for the life-long movie watching habit that begins in childhood.

2010 Emmy Nonfiction Nominees
Emmys are presented in various nonfiction categories, including Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking, Outstanding Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Cinematography for Editing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Editing for Nonfiction Programming. This is a list of the 2010 nominees for all nonfiction categ…

Best Documentaries of 2010 in Alphabetical Order
The year 2010 has seen an extraordinary number of fine documentaries released theatrically, on television and online, either on demand or streaming for free, and many of them have been released on DVD very shortly after their theatrical and broadcast premieres. The range of subjects and styles has been extraordinary, too. The choice of bests...

Best Documentaries of 2010 - Readers Choices of The Best Documentaries of 2010
What are your favorite documentaries of 2010? This has been a banner year for documentaries, with many released theatrically and even more shown on HBO, PBS and other television channels, and still more distributed via the Internet, either on demand or streaming for free. The documentary genre is getting more popular. How many documentaries...

Requirements for Cinema Eye Honors Consideration
The Cinema Eye Honors recognize excellence in nonfiction filmmaking. This is a list of requirements for consideration.

2011 Cinema Eye Honors - Eligible Films for the 2011 Cinema Eye Awards
This is a list of documentary films that are eligible for the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors, to be presented on January 18, 2011, at a ceremony at the Museum of The Moving Image in Queens, New York. The actual nominees for the awards are to be announced on November 4, 2010, at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the United Kingdom.

Cinema Eye Honors 2011 - List of Films Nominated in All Categories
A complete list of films nominated for the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors.

IDFA 2010 Award Winners
An annotated list of documentary films that won awards at IDFA 2010.

Academy Award-Winning Documentaries of the 2010s
A list of films winning Academy Awards for Best Documentary during the 2010s.

Top Box Office Documentaries of 2010
A list of the top twenty documentaries that earned the most at the box office in 2010.

Documentaries for New Year's Resolutions for 2011
In issue oriented documentaries, when the movie is over, the issue continues and can continue for years. Most documentary filmmakers and distributors encourage their audiences to become involved in helping to resolve the issued illuminated in their films. If you find a film's subject -- and issue -- compelling, join the community that's trying...

2010 Selection of Nonfiction Films for the National Film Registry
Of the 25 films selected for the National Film Registry in 2010, eight were documentaries or experimental nonfiction films. This is the annotated list of those films.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 - Award Winners
An annotated list of juried awards presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest 20, at the awards ceremony on June 16, 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2011 - Award Winning Documentaries
List of 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards for documentary films in U.S. and World Cinema competitions.

Tribeca Film Festival - 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Awards Winners
Here is a list of the winners in the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's nonfiction competitive categories, including World Documentary Competition, Best New Documentary Director, and others.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 Awards
A List of awards presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011

Independence Day Documentaries
A list of documentaries that foment independent thought about the issues that arise when Americans consider the meaning of independence. These films are ideal for watching as part of your Independence Day celebrations -- before or after the parades, fireworks and barbecues.

News and Documentary Emmy Awards Categories
A list of awards categories for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Traverse City Film Festival 2011 - Documentary Award Winners
The Traverse City Film Festival, founded by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, presents 35 awards, of which 13 are designated specifically for documentaries. Here's a list of the awards given to documentaries at the 2011 Traverse City Film Festival, held from July 26 to 31, 2011.

Steve James Names Top Ten Films For IDFA's 2011 Top Ten Series
IDFA Picks Steve James to curate its 2011 Top Ten Documentaries series. Here's the list of films selected by Steve James for screening in the series presented during the annual festival.

Documentary Films Opening In Theaters in January 2012
An annotated list of theatrical release dates for documentaries during the month of January 2012.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 Award Winners
a list of winning documentaries in all categories of competitiom at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012

IDA DocuWeeks
The Annual IDA DocuWeeks is one way that documentary films can become eligible for Academy Awards consideration.

AWFJ Presents EDA Awards To Documentary Filmmakers
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented five EDA Awards for documentary film during June 2013. Read on for details...

Oscars Qualifying Rules for Documentary Features - 2014
How do documentaries qualify for Oscars consideration. Here's a tip sheet on the 2014 eligibility requirements for nonfiction feature films.

2013 IDA Documentary Awards

Top Documentary Hybrids

20 Feet From Stardom - Movie Review - 2013
20 Feet From Stardom - Review of the 2014 Oscar-winning documentary

Documentary Adventures for Summer 2014

Heddy Honigmann Honored by IDFA
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.

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