15 documentaries have been short-listed for the 2016 Best Documentary Oscar by The Academy:

  • “Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music
  • “Best of Enemies,” Sandbar
  • “Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
  • “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions
  • “He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
  • “Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications
  • “The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures
  • “Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures
  • “The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real
  • “Meru,” Little Monster Films
  • “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual
  • Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC
  • “We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films
  • “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker
  • “Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions
  • “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions
All filmmakers face the challenge of finding money. For first-time filmmakers, funding is not even the first hurdle. Even before the money comes, many artists become discouraged because they don’t have the access to a brain trust or a community that will assist them with navigating the tricky terrain of filmmaking. It’s key to get advice from experienced people in the field who can help you work smart as you move toward your goal. The money comes as a result of those meaningful relationships and the advice you get from those who have done it before you.