December 7, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide
And we’re off! The 2016-17 awards season is in full swing after a handful of major announcements were made last week, including end-of-the-year picks from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. With so many critics groups, guilds and organizations set to make announcements over the next three months, IndieWire is putting together a guide to make all the awards season madness a little bit clearer.
Read more | Indiewire »

Oscar Documentary Shortlist Focuses on Politics and Race
Weiner, 13th, Eagle Huntress and O.J.: Made in America were among the 15 finalists for the best feature documentary Oscar, according to a shortlist released by the academy on Tuesday. There were a few notable omissions from the finalists, which were selected from 145 submissions: despite predictions, Barbara Kopple’s Miss Sharon Jones! did not make the cut, nor did Werner Herzog’s Into the Inferno, or Jim: The James Foley Story.
Read more | New York Times »

Independent Lens Announces New 2016-2017 Season
The award-winning series Independent Lens’ new season lineup will launch on Monday, December 26, 2016, with the real-life cross-cultural romantic comedy Meet the Patels. Other titles include two films that explore tragic incidents of gun violence that shook the nation: Newtown, about the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and TOWER, about the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas.
Read more | Independent Lens Blog »

Director Ron Howard Reacts to the Grammy Nomination for His Beatles Documentary
It’s no surprise that the Grammy Awards’ music film category includes a nomination for the Ron Howard-directed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years. Grammy voters have saluted the group, its music and its members regularly since first bestowing the new artist for 1964 award on the Fab Four.
Read more | Los Angeles Times »

Sundance Institute Announces Shorts for 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Sixty-eight short films, announced today [press release was published on December 6], will complement the lineup of longer fare at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The short film slate aligns thematically with other Festival categories, including Midnight and The New Climate, the Festival’s new programming strand highlighting climate change and the environment. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19-29.
Read more | Sundance Institute »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines
This Week

  • Deadline: Artist as Activist Fellowship Dec 7

Next Week

  • Deadline: CPH DOX 2017 Submission Dec 15
  • Deadline: SXSW 2017 Film Festival Submissions Dec 16

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