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), Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims for Only the Young (2013) and Zachary Heinzerling for Cutie and the Boxer (2014).

Kings of Nowhere

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

San Marcos, a town in Northwestern Mexico, is partially flooded by the construction of a dam during part of the year. In spite of everything, three families still live there: Pani and Paula refuse to close their tortilleria and spend...

Pervert Park

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

Florida Justice Transitions looks like any other American trailer park. Only discreet electronic ankle tags and sporadic vandalism bear witness to the fact that the residents are all convicted sex offenders. From misdemeanours to monstrous crimes. And in a state...

Peace Officer

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who established his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his...

The Russian Woodpecker

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

While researching a failed Cold War-era experiment known as the Duga: a secret Soviet antenna at Chernobyl which interrupted global radio communications from 1976 – 1989, artist Fedor Alexandrovich discovers a dark conspiracy. When he is invited to address the...

Uncertain

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

A keen observation of a sun-dappled and still-watered swamp, Uncertain contemplates a frequently overlooked and enigmatic town whose lake, and only real source of income, comes under threat from an aquatic nuisance of the botanical variety. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a...

The Wolfpack

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films...

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