The DOC NYC film festival continues to stake its claim as the best documentary festival when it comes to predicting the Oscar race. The fifteen film lineup, curated by Thom Powers, highlights many of the best documentaries of the year. However, the track record of the festival speaks for itself. Since 2011, each of the eventual Oscar winners played at the festival. Over the past five years, at least nine of the DOC NYC films made the Academy shortlist. At least four eventual nominees have screened every year over that window.

This year, the shortlist features many documentaries that have gone on to grab box office attention. Among the group are many of the features considered front-runners for the Oscar itself. “Free Solo,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “RBG” and more will pave the way for the Best Documentary Oscar this year. The question now turns to which documentaries will drop off the NYC DOC list when the Academy has its say in the coming months. The full shortlist can be found below.

The DOC NYC Short List

Crime + Punishment” (IFC Films / Hulu) Dir. Stephen Maing

Fahrenheit 11/9” (Briarcliff Entertainment) Dir. Michael Moore (REVIEW HERE)

Free Solo” (National Geographic Documentary Films) Dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin (REVIEW HERE)

Hale County This Morning This Evening” (Cinema Guild) Dir: RaMell Ross

Jane Fonda: A Life in Five Acts” (HBO Documentary Films) Dir: Susan Lacy

Minding the Gap” (Magnolia Pictures / Hulu) Dir. Bing Liu

On Her Shoulders” (Oscilloscope Laboratories / RYOT) Dir: Alexandria Bombach

Pope Francis | Focus Features

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” (Focus Features) Dir: Wim Wenders (REVIEW HERE)

Quincy” (Netflix) Dir. Rashida Jones & Alan Hicks (REVIEW HERE)

RBG” ( Magnolia Pictures /Participant Media / CNN Films) Dir. Betsy West & Julie Cohen (REVIEW HERE)

Reversing Roe” (Netflix) Dir. Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern (REVIEW HERE)

The Sentence” (HBO Documentary Films) Dir. Rudy Valdez 

Shirkers” (Netflix) Dir. Sandi Tan

Three Identical Strangers” (Neon / CNN Films) Dir: Tim Wardle (REVIEW HERE)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus Features) Dir. Morgan Neville (REVIEW HERE)

What do you think of the documentary lineup at DOC NYC? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

DOC NYC Film Festival runs from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, 2018.