Film Guide 2018

Section
Documentary Competition

Discover thrilling new talent in our prestigious Competition section. Each year, the HIFF Awards honor emerging narrative and documentary directors who represent cinema’s next generation of innovative film artists.

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CITY OF JOEL

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 83 min World Premiere 50 miles north of New York City lies the town of Monroe, where one of the fastest-growing Hasidic communities in the country thrives deep within the Hudson Valley. As the 25,000+ population within t …

Directed by Jesse Sweet

DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 104 min At the time of his death in May 2017, a mere four months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Former Fox News head Roger Ailes left behind undoubtedly one of the largest legacies of any individua …

Directed by Alexis Bloom

Documentary Competition Award Winners (2018)

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | tbd min Discover thrilling new talent in our prestigious Competition section. Each year, the HIFF Awards honor emerging filmmakers from all over the world, representing cinema’s next wave of groundbreakin …


GHOST FLEET

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 90 min East Coast Premiere Amidst the unsustainable expansion of Thailand’s fishing market, the global fishing industry has engaged in the illegal practice of holding workers against their will for years at sea, with little …

Directed by Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron

THE LAST RACE

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 74 min East Coast Premiere Long Island is the birthplace of American stock car racing, but today, only one racetrack remains: Riverhead Raceway. Established in 1949 on an initially rural part of Long Island, the land has seen …

Directed by Michael Dweck

WALDEN

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 100 min New York Premiere On a gentle day, deep in an Austrian forest, we hear the sudden sound of a chainsaw sending a fir tree to the ground, and thus begins Daniel Zimmerman’s formally fascinating and uncompromising exp …

Directed by Daniel Zimmermann