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.
DULCE 10 minutes | 2018 | Documentary Short
Spanish | Colombia/USA
In a remote, coastal Colombian village where livelihoods depend on the sea, a mother teaches her reluctant daughter how to swim.
Executive Produced by
Maria Betty Arboleda
Glendy “Dulce” Dayana Suarez
GUAXUMA 14 minutes | 2018 | Documentary Short
Portuguese | Brazil/France
A beloved friendship is gorgeously memorialized in sand from the Brazilian beaches of the filmmaker’s childhood.
Livia de Melo
JUCK (THRUST) 17 minutes | 2018 | Documentary Short
Swedish | Sweden
A daring mix of documentary and performance, JUCK (the Swedish word for “hump”) chronicles the trailblazing all-female dance group whose viral 2013 hit provocatively questioned the ways we define femininity.
LIFEBOAT 35 minutes | 2018 | Documentary Short
English/French/Arabic | USA
With government agencies entangled in political gridlock and the certainty that civilians must intervene, volunteers from the German nonprofit Sea-Watch bravely set out to rescue refugees from their ill-fated migration across the Mediterranean.
SANTUARIO 26 minutes | 2018 | Documentary Short
English/Spanish | USA
In Greensboro, NC, a small church community comes together to offer sanctuary to Juana Ortega, an asylum-seeking Guatemalan grandmother threatened with deportation after 25 years of living and working in the United States.
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega