Best Feature Nominees

Directors/Producers: Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Producers: Paul Cadieux and Joelle Bertossa
Film Movement


American Factory
Directors/Producers: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Producers: Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello

Apollo 11
Director/Producer: Todd Douglas Miller
Producers: Thomas Petersen and Evan Strauss


For Sama
Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab
Director: Edward Watts
PBS Distribution, Channel 4, FRONTLINE

Director: Tamara Kotevska
Dierctor/Producer: Ljubomir Stefanov
Producer: Atanas Georgiev


Midnight Family
Dierctor/Producer: Luke Lorentzen
Producers: Kellen Quinn, Daniela Alatorre and Elena Fortes

One Child Nation
Directors/Producers: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
Producers: Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn
Amazon Studios


Sea of Shadows
Directors: Richard Ladkani
Producers: Walter Kohler and Wolfgang Knopfler
National Geographic

The Biggest Little Farm
Director/Producer: John Chester
Producer: Sandra Keats
NEON, LD Entertainment


The Edge of Democracy
Director/Producer: Petra Costa
Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan

Best Short Nominees

A Love Song for Latasha
Director/Producer: Sophia Nahli Allisonbr> Producers: Janice Duncan and Fam Udeorji


After Maria
Director: Nadia Hallgren
Producer: Lauren Cioffi

Director: Garrett Bradley
Producers: Lauren Domino and Catherine Gund
Aubin Pictures


Black to Techno
Director: Jenn Nkiru
Producer: Jacqueline Edenbrow

Easter Snap
Director/Producer: RaMell Ross
Producers: Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim


In the Absence
Director: Yi Seung-Jun
Producer: Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Field of Vision

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)
Director: Carol Dysinger
Producer: Elena Andreicheva
Lifetime Films, A&E IndieFilms


Sam and the Plant Next Door
Director/Producer: Omer Sami
The Guardian

The Nightcrawlers
Director: Alexander Mora
Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Doireann Maddock and Abigail Anketell-Jones
National Geographic


Valley of the Rulers
Director: Efim Graboy
Producer: Dejan Petrovic

Best Director Nominees

Petra Costa
The Edge of Democracy


Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Film Movement

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
American Factory


Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
For Sama
PBS Distribution, Channel 4, FRONTLINE

Best Curated Series Nominees

American Experience
Executive Producer: Mark Samels


BBC Storyville
Executive Producer: Mandy Chang

Executive Producers: Anders Bruus
Danish Broadcasting Corporation


Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White

AJE Witness
Executive Producers: Fiona Lawson-Baker
AJE English



Best Episodic Series Nominees

Abstract: The Art of Design
Executive Producers: Scott Dadich, Morgan Neville, Dave O'Connor, Justin Wilkes and Jon Kamen


Finding Justice
Executive Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, David Leepson, Brian Gewirtz, dream hampton, Jackson Nguyen, Aaron Rice, Todd Crites, Hiram Garcia, Aaron Bowden and Stephanie Lydecker

Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole
Executive Producers: Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Peter LoGreco, Joshua Rofe, Devon Hammonds, Evan Lerner, Amy Savitsky and Elaine Frontain Bryant


Living Undocumented
Directors/Executive Producers: Anna Chai and Aaron Saidman
Executive Producers: Eli Holzman, Sean O'Grady, Selena Gomez and Mandy Teefe

Our Planet
Directors: Adam Chapman, Mandi Stark, Jeff Wilson, Sophie Lanfear, Hugh Pearson and Huw Cordey
Executive Producers: Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey


Best Multi-Part Documentary Nominees

Chasing the Moon
Director/Producer: Robert Stone
Executive Producer: Mark Samels. Producers: Susan Bellows, Daniel Aegerter, Keith Haviland and Ray Rothrock


Leaving Neverland
Director/Producer: Dan Reed
Executive Producers: Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller

Director/Executive Producer: Joshua Rofé
Executive Producers: Jordan Peele, Steven J. Berger, Win Rosenfeld, Jenna Santoianni, Tom Lesinski and Andrea Harner. Producer: M. Elizabeth Hughes


Surviving R. Kelly
Executive Producers: Joel Karsberg, Dream Hampton, Tamra Simmons, Jesse Daniels and Brie Miranda Bryant

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Executive Producers: Peter J. Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender, Sacha Jenkins and Vinnie Malhotra



Best Short Form Series Nominees

A Cure for Fear
Director/Producer: Lana Wilson
Producer: Shrihari Sathe
Executive Producers: Anna Holmes, Jeff Seelbach and Diane L. Max


A Moment in Mexico — The New York Times Op-Docs
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo. Coordinating Producer: Lindsay Crouse
New York Times

Guardian Documentaries
Executive Producer: Charlie Phillips, Lindsay Poulton and Jacqueline Edenbrow
The Guardian


POV Shorts
Producer: Chloe Gbai
Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White

The F Word
Director/Producer: Nico Opper
Producer: Kristan Cassady



Best Audio Documentary Nominees

Gladiator: The Aaron Hernandez Story
Reporters: Bob Hohler, Beth Healy, Sacha Pfieffer and Andrew Ryan
Producer: Amy Pedulla. Executive Producers: Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy and George Lavender
The Boston Globe, Wondery


Headlong: Running from COPS
Host/Producer: Dan Taberski
Producers: Henry Molofsky, Courtney Harrell and Diane Hodson
Executive Producers: Max Linsky, Jenna Weiss-Berman, Lisa Leingang and Leital Molad
Stitcher Premium, Topic Studios

Heavyweight — Episode: “Skye”
Reporter/Executive Producer: Jonathan Goldstein
Producers: Kalila Holt, Stevie Lane, Peter Bresnan and Jorge Just
Gimlet Media


Latino USA — Episode: “The Return”
Producer: Sayre Quevedo
Executive Producer: Maria Hinojosa
National Public Radio

A Sense of Quietness
Producer: Eleanor McDowall
Executive Producers: Alan Hall and Rachel Hooper BBC Radio 4

Best Music Documentary Nominees

Amazing Grace
Producers: Alan Elliot, Tirrell D. Whittley, Sabrina V. Owens, Joe Boyd, Rob Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Spike Lee, Angie Seegers, Joseph Woolf


Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Director/Producer: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Director: Ed Burke
Producers: Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams

The Apollo
Director/Producer: Roger Ross Williams
Producers: Lisa Cortés, Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann


The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Director: Thom Zimny
Producers: Thom Zimny, Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart and Jillian Apfelbaum

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Executive Producers: Peter J. Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender, Sacha Jenkins and Vinnie Malhotra. Producers: Cary Graber, Vanessa Maruskin, Ghostface Killah, Robert F. Diggs, GZA, Lamont "UGod" Hawkins, Darryl Hill Sr., Jason Hunter, Icelene Jones, Method Man, E. Turner and Raekwon The Chef




David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award Nominees

This award recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field.

All That Remains
Director/Producer: Eva Rendle
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
Director/Producer: Natalie Cubides-Brady
National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)

Brewed in Palestine
Director/Producer: Emma Schwartz
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


Follow the Sun
Director/Producer: JoeBill Muñoz
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

In the Wake
Director/Producer: Natasha Nair
Northwestern University



Best Cinematography Nominees

Dark Suns
Cinematographers: Ernesto Pardo and François Messier-Rheault


Gods of Molenbeek
Cinematographer: Hannu Vitikainen

Cinematographers: Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma


Midnight Family
Cinematographer: Luke Lorentzen

When Lambs Become Lions
Cinematographer: Jon Kasbe
Oscilloscope Laboratories



Best Editing Nominees

American Factory
Editor: Lindsay Utz


Apollo 11
Editor: Todd Douglas Miller

Diego Maradona
Editor: Chris King


Human Nature
Editor: Regina Sobel and Steve Tyler
Greenwich Entertainment

Midnight Family
Editor: Luke Lorentzen and Paloma López Carrillo


When Lambs Become Lions
Editor: Jon Kasbe, Caitlyn Greene and Frederick Shanahan
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Best Music Score Nominees

Apollo 11
Composer: Matt Morton


Human Nature
Composer: Keegan Dewitt
Greenwich Entertainment

Sea of Shadows
Composers: H. Scott Salinas
National Geographic


The Biggest Little Farm
Composer: Jeff Beal
NEON, LD Entertainment

The Raft
Composer: Hans Appelqvist
Metrograph Pictures



Best Writing Nominees

Always in Season
Writers: Jackie Olive and Don Bernier


Dark Suns
Writer: Julien Elie

The Cave
Writers: Alisar Hasan and Feras Fayyad
National Geographic


The Edge of Democracy
Writer: Petra Costa. Co-writers: Carol Pires, David Barker and Moara Passoni.

The Great Hack
Writers: Pedro Kos, Erin Barnett and Karim Amer



Pare Lorentz Award Winner

The Pare Lorentz Award recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems.

Honeyland (Recipient)
Director: Tamara Kotevska
Director/Producer: Ljubomir Stefanov
Producer: Atanas Georgiev


Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Honorable Mention)
Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky
Producer: Nadia Tavazzani
Kino Lorber