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Submissions Open For Fifth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards

Nominations are announced on Oct. 19, but no date for the ceremony has been scheduled

Image from the movie "Apollo 11" 2019
Apollo 11 triumphed at last year's awards ceremony © "Apollo 11" 2019 Statement Pictures − All right reserved.

Per a press release from the Critics Choice Association (CCA), submissions for the fifth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards are now open. The awards look to honor the very best in documentary filmmaking, with fifteen categories up for grabs in total.

Eligibility dates for documentary submissions are from Nov. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2020, having either premiered in a theatre, broadcast, or have been made available through a digital platform. The final deadline for submissions is Sept. 25.

Included in the press release is the following statement from CCA CEO Joey Berlin:

“We are looking forward to celebrating the incredible work of these filmmakers who have released tremendous documentaries over the past year. It has become even more clear during these challenging times, the cultural significance that documentaries have, and how they can enlighten and educate our society.”

Last year, “Apollo 11” took home the big prize for Best Documentary Feature, with previous winners in the category including “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Jane” and “O.J.: Made in America.” Other award-winning documentaries at the ceremony through the years include “13th,” “Free Solo” and “Icarus.”

The following is the fifteen categories at fifth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards as revealed in the press release:

• Best Documentary Feature
• Best Director
• Best First Documentary Feature
• Best Cinematography
• Best Narration
• Best Score
• Best Editing
• Best Archival Documentary
• Best Political Documentary
• Best Biographical Documentary
• Best Science and Nature Documentary
• Best Sports Documentary
• Best Music Documentary
• Best Documentary Short
• Most Compelling Living Subject

A date for the ceremony has yet to be scheduled as per the press release, which writes “Due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the final date and format of the awards ceremony is still to be determined.”

With the disrupted schedule of film and television productions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unclear which documentaries will be ready in time to meet the ceremonies submissions deadline. There’s no doubt, however, that documentary filmmaking has never been so important, and those features that are ready in time will likely be extraordinary pieces relevant to these ever-changing and bizarre times.

Submissions can be made here.

Critics Choice Social Media:
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Facebook: CriticsChoiceAwards
Instagram: @criticschoice
Twitter: @criticschoice

What is your favorite award-winning documentary throughout the years? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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