The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 85th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, out of a submission pool of 31. Three to five of these titles will earn Oscar® nominations.
Three of the shorts on the list qualified for Academy Award consideration through IDA's DocuWeeksTM Theatrical Documentary Showcase this past summer: King's Point, from director/producer Sari Gilman and producers Jed Wider and Todd Wider; Open Heart, from director/producer/writer Kief Davison and producer Cori Stern; and The Perfect Fit, from director Tali Yankelevich and producer Finlay Pretsell.
Here's a complete list of the documentary shorts on the short list:
The Education of Mohammad Hussein (Loki Films; Directors/Producers: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady,)
Inocente (Shine Global, Inc. ; Directors: Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine; Producers Yael Melamede, Emanual Michael)
Kings Point (Kings Point Documentary, Inc.; Director/Producer: Sari Gilman; Producers Jed Wider, Todd Wider)
Mondays at Racine (Cynthia Wade Productions; Director/Producer: Cynthia Wade)
Open Heart (Urban Landscapes Inc.; Director/Producer/Writer: Kief Davison; Producer: Cori Stern)
ParaÍso (The Strangebird Company; Director: Nadav Kurtz)
The Perfect Fit (SDI Productions Ltd.; Director: Tali Yankelevich; Producer: Finlay Pretsell)
Redemption (Downtown Docs; Producer: Matthew O'Neill)
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby TheatreTM at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.