Heterodox Award

With the Heterodox Award we boldly go to the increasingly blurry line between fiction and nonfiction and celebrate those narrative films that imaginatively incorporate nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. These films raise provocative questions regarding the assumptions we make about documentary films and illuminate the possible on both sides of the fiction/nonfiction divide. Nine finalists are chosen by votes of our Nominations Committee and the five nominees are selected by editors and writers at Filmmaker Magazine. Previous winners in this category include Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2012), Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours (2013), and Carlos Reygado’s Post Tenebras Lux (2014).

A Spell to Ward off the Darkness

Nominated for Heterodox Award

A nameless man – in the guise of the musician Robert A.A. Lowe – travels across time and space from a neo-hippie collective in Estonia through the loneliness of the Finnish wilderness to a brutal black metal ritual in a...


Nominated for Heterodox Award

Filming from 2002 to 2013, “Boyhood” is a narrative feature that covers twelve years in the life of a family. We follow a young boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he matures from first through twelfth grade, along with his older...

Heaven Knows What

Nominated for Heterodox Award

The third narrative feature from brothers Josh and Benny Safdie explores a love story of heroin junkies living on the streets of New York City. Harley is in mad love with Ilya, so much so that she slits her wrists...

Stop The Pounding Heart

Nominated for Heterodox Award

Italian director Roberto Minervini ventures deep into Texas’ rural Bible belt, achieving an intimacy with his subjects so deep that it seems spiritual. Focused on teenage Sara Carlson and her rising discomfort as she begins to feel the full confinement...

Under the Skin

Nominated for Heterodox Award

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial – or something in between. A voluptuous woman...

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