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Academy names 2015 doco contenders

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has named the 15 films surviving the first cull from 124 submissions.

Australians will be disappointed not to see That Sugar Film on the shortlist. Recent addition to the music-themed doco Amy (pictured, top) remains in the running.

After the next round of voting is complete, five documentary features will advance as nominees. They’ll be announced on Friday 15 January (NZ time) along with all other Oscar nominees. The Oscars will be presented on Monday 29 February (NZ Time).

The shortlisted documentary features are:
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 1/2 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

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