Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

From Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County U.S.A. to Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies, some of the most lauded and lasting nonfiction films of all time have been crafted by debut filmmakers. Previous winners in this category include Jennifer Venditti for Billy the Kid (2008), Yung Chang for Up the Yangtze (2009), Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher for October Country (2010), Jeff Malmberg for Marwencol (2011), Clio Barnard for The Arbor (2012) and Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims for Only the Young (2013).

12 O’Clock Boys

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

This is a strikingly beautiful portrait of Pug, a young boy from a tough Baltimore neighbourhood who has a single goal: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys, a gang of illegal dirt bikers who dominate the area. Forbidden to chase...

After Tiller

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Production

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, only four doctors in the United States continue to perform third-trimester abortions. These physicians, all colleagues of Dr. Tiller, sacrifice their safety and personal lives in the name of...

Cutie and the Boxer

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

A beautifully crafted and intimate portrait of two Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko, and their forty-year love story. When they meet in New York in the 1970s Noriko feels in the shadow of her older, higher-profile, husband who is lauded...

Let the Fire Burn

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Jason Osder makes an impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American MOVE organization and Philadelphia authorities. “Let the fire burn” were the...

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani returns to Georgia and posts an ad inviting young people to audition for her film. She then asks probing questions of the people who turn up, prompting them to reveal very personal stories about their lives and...

Sofia’s Last Ambulance

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

The Bulgarian filmmaker Ilian Metev was behind one of this year’s ‘smallest’ films, but one of the greatest surprises at Cannes with ‘Sofia Last Ambulance’, which sensationally took part in the festival’s ‘Critic’s Week’ as only the second documentary ever....

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