Film Guide 2021

Section
Documentary Competition

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

ASCENSION “登楼叹”

2021 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 97 min Following her Best Documentary win at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, alumni filmmaker Jessica Kingdon (COMMODITY CITY) returns to HIFF with an immersive examination of the often paradoxical pu …

Directed by Jessica Kingdon

A COP MOVIE “UNA PELÍCULA DE POLICÍAS”

2021 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 107 min New York Premiere Alonso Ruizpalacios’ inventive, genre-bending documentary takes us deep into the Mexican police force. Following family tradition, Teresa and Montoya join the police force, only to find their conv …

Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios

FLEE

2021 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 90 min Told through a mix of animation and archival footage in order to protect the anonymity of the protagonist, FLEE follows Amin, an Afghan refugee who recounts how he escaped his native country as a te …

Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen

THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN

2021 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 114 min New York Premiere Award-winning filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s (NOTES ON BLINDNESS) latest documentary is a fascinating take on one of cinema’s most iconic figures: Charlie Chaplin. In an innovati …

Directed by Peter Middleton, James Spinney