Yes folks, it’s that time of year again.  Whether you love ’em or hate ’em we have now officially entered the 2009 Oscar Season.  The documentary shortlist came out yesterday, and despite a few surprises the list seems to be a pretty solid representation of this years achievements in nonfiction filmmaking.  Former SXSW programmer and indie film GOD, Matt Dentler had this to say, “It’s a pretty strong list…perhaps the strongest one the Academy has revealed in the three years since they started unveiling this primer to the final five nominations.”
All of us at CIFF are happy to announce that our Closing Night Film, and Winner of the Harrell Award for Best Documentary, The Garden was 1 of 15 who made the list, despite a VERY strong year for documentaries.  Only time will tell if The Garden will get the final nod, but a big congratulations to Scott Kennedy for his work with the film.  This is quite an honor.

Each year we seem to have one film that goes on to at least a shortlist nomination, 4 for 4 ain’t so bad. Looking back, here are the trailers for CIFF screened, Oscar nominated films…
2005 – Darwin’s Nightmare OFFICIAL NOMINATION


2006 – Iraq in Fragments OFFICIAL NOMINATION[youtube=]

2007 – The Price of Sugar SHORTLISTED[youtube=]

2008 – The Garden OFFICIAL NOMINATION[youtube=]


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  1. […] November 20, 2009 · Leave a Comment 15 Feature documentary films were announced as the 2010 Oscar Shortlist on Wednesday evening.  Congrats to all the nominated films and filmmakers!  These 15 films will be whittled down over the next month and a half with one winner emerging on February 2nd.  CIFF’s track record continues as two alums make the cut, UNDER OUR SKIN, which took home our Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2008 and GARBAGE DREAMS which just screened in 2009.  For more info on previous selected films, check this out: […]

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