Featuring an array of powerful subjects, the Short Documentary Competition honors new and distinctive voices in documentary filmmaking. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and qualify for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Short Film.
ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK “Nachts sind alle Katzen grau” 19 minutes | 2019 | Documentary Short
German | Switzerland
• Special Jury Prize for Originality
A tender and compassionate character study of one man’s pursuit for his own, unconventional version of a family.
• Winner, Best International Short Film at TIFF
FLESH “Carne” 12 minutes | 2019 | Documentary Short
Portuguese | Brazil/Spain
Five women, each at a distinctly different stage of her life, share a diverse collection of experiences about the relationship they have with their bodies in this striking, mixed-media portrait of womanhood.
Ana Julia Carvalheiro
GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND 21 minutes | 2019 | Documentary Short
English | USA
• Jury selection for Best Documentary Short
Director Bassam Tariq receives a $500 cash prize and the film qualifies for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film.
In Sugar Land, Texas, a group of young Muslim American men ponder the disappearance of their friend “Mark,” who is suspected of joining ISIS.
LOWLAND KIDS 22 minutes | 2019 | Documentary Short
English | USA
As climate change erases the Louisiana coast at an alarming rate, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on the island that’s been their family home for generations.
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS 40 minutes | 2019 | Documentary Short
Tagalog/English | Philippines/UK
• Special Jury Prize for Courageous Filmmaking
At great personal risk, a small group of determined “nightcrawler” photojournalists endeavor to expose the truth behind Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs—a violent campaign that has reportedly claimed over 20,000 lives so far.
Alexander A. Mora