November 3, 2021


NEW YORK, October, 26, 2021 - DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, announced the full lineup for two of its most prestigious sections — Short List: Features and Short List: Shorts — and named jurors for those sections. All the films will have theatrical screenings at the festival, often with the directors in person. Many of the films are available on the festival’s online platform. Additionally, the festival will hold two days of free online panels on Facebook Live with Short List: Shorts filmmakers on Monday, November 22 and the Short List: Features filmmakers on Tuesday, November 23 at 11:30 AM-5:00 PM ET each day. Audiences can tune in and contribute questions or comments at Short List: Shorts conversations are co-presented by MTV Documentary Films.

We’re delighted to welcome filmmakers back into New York theaters to have conversations with audiences after a year in which many of those opportunities were lost,” said DOC NYC Artistic Director Thom Powers. “We’re also excited to bring these filmmakers to audiences worldwide through our Facebook Live conversations.”With these new announcements, DOC NYC will present 127 features and 125 short films in its12th edition, running in-person November 10-18 at IFC Center, SVA Theatre and Cinépolis Chelsea and continuing online until November 28 with films available to viewers across the US. The Short List sections showcase a selection of nonfiction features and shorts that the festival’s programming team considers to be among the year’s strongest contenders for Oscars and other awards. See below for the complete slates for each section.


The DOC NYC Short List for documentary features has a history of being a predictor of other awards—from critics’ prizes and top ten lists to the Oscars. The selection officially started in2012 with 10 titles and grew to 15 titles in 2014. Notable statistics:

- For eight of the last nine years, DOC NYC has screened the documentary feature that went on to win the Academy Award.
- The festival has also screened 39 of the last 45 Oscar-nominated documentary features.
- In 2020, DOC NYC screened 12 of 15 titles that were named to the subsequent AcademyAward Documentary Feature Shortlist.

DOC NYC’s Short List: Features selections are overseen by Artistic Director Thom Powers in consultation with the festival’s programming team. For the third year, the Short List: Features will vie for juried awards in four categories: Directing, Producing, Cinematography, and Editing. Last year’s winners were Time (Directing), Welcome to Chechnya (Producing), Boys State (Editing), and 76 Days (Cinematography). The three-person jury for this year’s Short List: Features are distinguished filmmakers Nadia Hallgren (director, Becoming); Kimberly Reed (director, Dark Money); and Hao Wu (director, 76 Days).

This year’s selections for Short List: Features are [...]

Dir/Prod: Stanley Nelson, Traci A. Curry

Filmmakers Stanley Nelson, a 2016 DOC NYC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, andTraci A. Curry team up to revisit the 1971 New York prison uprising that was the largest in U.S.history. (Courtesy of SHOWTIME® Documentary Films)

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