10 Documentary Shorts Make Oscar Shortlist

The short films include “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” about the Holocaust documentarian

"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah"

The Academy’s Documentary Branch has narrowed the field of 2015’s short documentaries down to 10 films, from which the five Oscar nominees will be chosen.

The shortlisted films were selected by volunteers from the branch who viewed the 74 eligible short docs.

The films are for the most part dead-serious looks at tough subjects, including “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” about the French director who made the landmark Holocaust documentary “Shoah.”

Below are the films, with their production companies:

“Body Team 12,” RYOT Films and Vulcan Productions
“Chau, beyond the Lines,” Cynasty Films
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” Jet Black Iris America
“50 Feet from Syria,” Spin Film
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” SOC Films
“Last Day of Freedom,” Living Condition
“Minerita,” Kanaki Films
“My Enemy, My Brother,” Fathom Film Group
“Starting Point,” Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
“The Testimony,” Atria Film in association with Escape Artists

In the past, the short-doc shortlist typically consisted of eight films. This year, that list was expanded to 10 films to reflect the growing number of non-fiction shorts competing for the award.

The second round of voting will begin on Dec. 30 and will be open to all members of the branch. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 14, with the 88th Academy Awards taking place on Feb. 28.