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Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Announced November 2 at AFI Fest

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 23, 2012 at 3:30PM

Nominations for the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced November 2 at an AFI Fest reception at the Roosevelt Hotel. Honoring nonfiction filmmaking, the Cinema Eye Honors will announce ten feature film nominees as well as Outstanding Short Film.
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Nominations for the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced November 2 at an AFI Fest reception at the Roosevelt Hotel. Honoring nonfiction filmmaking, the Cinema Eye Honors will announce ten feature film nominees as well as Outstanding Short Film. They recognized filmmakers Steve James ("The Interrupters"), Tim Hetherington ("Diary") and Mike Mills ("Beginners"), among others, for their work in 2011.

This is the first time Cinema Eye is partnering with AFI Fest, and also the first time the announcements have been made in Los Angeles.

Cinema Eye is changing the way its nominations are determined. This year, nominees for Best Feature Documentary will be chosen by votes from their Nominations Committee, consisting of 25 top international film festival programmers specializing in docs, as well as from votes by over 60 of this year's eligible filmmakers who were asked to name their favorite doc of the past year.

The shorts were narrowed down to ten by the Cinema Eye short film nominations committee (ten international programmers who specialize in short docs) and then a jury selects the five nominees and one winner.

However, the other nine categories (Direction, Production, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, Graphic Design & Animation, Audience Choice, Spotlight and Debut) were chosen by the Nominations Committee, per usual.

“We were immediately excited by the idea of engaging our filmmakers, who have spent the past year watching the work of their colleagues, and asking them, ‘which of this year’s films made you excited about what nonfiction can do?’, explains Cinema Eye co-chair and founder AJ Schnack. "We’re thrilled that this year’s nominees for Outstanding Feature will reflect the passions of the larger documentary community.”



The Cinema Eye awards will be presented January 9 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

We interviewed Schnack here.

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Awards, Festivals, Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.