Responding to calls last year for a short film component to the Cinema Eye Honors, organizers announced today that five nonfiction short films have been named to the inaugural Cinema Eye Shorts List, representing some of the best of the field in 2008.
In a statement, Cinema Eye co-chair Thom Powers, Documentary Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, said, "Rather than give an award to just one film, we thought it was preferable to create this honor list to recognize five works."
The CEH Shorts List was chosen by a committee of eleven film programmers who specialize in nonfiction shorts, led by committee chair Karen Cirillo, short film programmer for True/False and Doxita. A full list of nominators is after the jump.
The five films named to the 2008 CEH Shorts List are:
Directed by Yasmin Fedda
CITY OF CRANES (UK)
Directed by Eva Weber
KIDS + MONEY (USA)
Directed by Lauren Greenfield
ONE DAY (Denmark)
Directed by Ditte Haarløv Johnsen
THE TAILOR (Spain)
Directed by Oscar Perez
The films named to the Shorts List will be recognized at the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, scheduled for March 29, 2009 in New York City.
Last Thursday, January 8, Cinema Eye announced the fifteen nonfiction Feature film nominations for the 2nd Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced January 19, 2009 at 2:30 PM at a reception in Park City, Utah during the .
An 11-person Cinema Eye Shorts Nominations Committee voted for five favorite nonfiction short films from 2008. Votes were then weighted by rank. The five named to the shortlist received the highest totals points.
In the same statement, I said, “After last year’s awards, there were a number of people who lobbied for Cinema Eye to include nonfiction short filmmaking in its awards. We were excited that Karen agreed to take up this task and excited to include these fine films in our honor roll for 2008.”
“I was thrilled to lead the effort to embrace short documentaries at the Cinema Eye Honors,” said Cirillo. “Filmmakers are making extremely creative, moving and beautiful short works and it has been my pleasure to help gain recognition for them.”
This year’s Cinema Eye Shorts Nominations Committee members are:
Karen Cirillo, True/False & Doxita
Sean Farnel, Hot Docs
Brent Hoff, Wholphin
Lane Kneedler, AFI Fest
Todd Luotho, Sundance Film Festival
Kathleen McInnis, Palm Springs Film Festival
Mike Plante, CineVegas
Mark Rosenberg, Rooftop Films
Sky Sitney, AFI Silverdocs
Sadie Tillery, Full Frame Film Festival that have been named to the 2009 Cinema Eye Shortlist.