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Oscar Films in Festivals 2007 (Documentary Nominations)

My analysis of documentary festivals that played Oscar Nominees in 2007/early 2008 is somewhat problematic by the absence of Full Frame and Hot Docs. These critical festivals for docs would certainly play a strong rule in staging leading doc films for an Oscar nomination.  The database still has valuable insights for docs despite these absences.

 

Despite claims to the contrary by some online, the selection of films for the doc nomination lists for the most part has a strong pedigree of successfully showing on the Festival circuit in 2007.  Sundance and Silverdocs play a strong rule in the festival life for both shorts and feature docs.  The play of longer short docs at Sundance (Freeheld and La Corona) in 2007/2008 shows a programming shift at Sundance to embrace the odd length of documentary favored by the Oscar short doc category (35-40 min films do best in this category).  Sicko’s festival release is an exception and seems more like a narrative film nominated for an Oscar, but what do you expect from a celebrity doc maker like Moore.  

 

Some other festivals of interest are Cucalorus and Palm Springs Short Film Festival.  Cucalorous has a good track record this year of programming Oscar nominated films, while Palm Spring Short’s breath of short films is good at capturing short nomination docs (including their awards where Freeheld took top doc prize and Salim Baba took second).

 

Best documentary feature

 

“No End in Sight” by Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

• SilverDocs (2007)

• Sundance Film Festival (2007)

 

“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience” by Richard E. Robbins

• Florida Film Festival (2007)

 

“Sicko” by Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara

• Cannes Film Festival (2007)

• London Film Festival (2007)

 

“Taxi to the Dark Side” by Alex Gibney and Eva Orner

• Chicago International Film Festival  (2007)

• Cucalorus (2007)

• Hamptons International Film Festival (2007)

• Newport International Film Festival (2007)

• SilverDocs (2007)

• Tribeca Film Festival (2007)

• Vancouver International Film Festival (2007)

 

“War/Dance” by Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine

• Ashland Independent Film Festival (2007)

• Cucalorus (2007)

• Los Angeles Film Festival (2007)

• Maryland Film Festival (2007)

• Newport International Film Festival (2007)

• Sarasota Film Festival (2007)

• Seattle International Film Festival (2007)

• SilverDocs (2007)

• Sundance Film Festival (2007)

• Tokyo International Film Festival (2007)

• Vancouver International Film Festival (2007)

• Woodstock Film Festival (2007)

 

Best documentary short subject

 

“Freeheld” by Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth

• Boston Independent Film Festival (2007)

• Cucalorus (2007)

• Outfest Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (2007)

• Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (2007)

 

• Seattle International Film Festival (2007)

• SilverDocs (2007)

• Sundance Film Festival (2007)

• Woodstock Film Festival (2007)

 

“La Corona (The Crown)” by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega

• Sundance Film Festival (2008)

 

“Salim Baba” by Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello

•  Mill Valley Film Festival (2007)

•  Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (2007)

•  Telluride Film Festival (2007)

•  Tribeca Film Festival (2007)

•  Woodstock Film Festival (2007)

•  Sundance Film Festival (2008)

 

“Sari’s Mother” by James Longley

• San Francisco International Film Festival (2007)

• SilverDocs (2007)


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  1. George T. Marshall February 19th, 2008 8:42 am

    Please note that Salim Baba played the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2007.