Here are the 15 films that made the cut from the original 124 contenders.

  1. “Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music
  2. “Best of Enemies,” Sandbar
  3. “Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
  4. “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions
  5. “He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
  6. “Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications
  7. “The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures
  8. “Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures
  9. “The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real
  10.  “Meru” Little Monster Films
  11.  “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC
  12.  “We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films
  13.  “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker
  14.  “Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions
  15.  “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions

6 of the predictions from our last post about the documentary feature contenders made the list.  I’m not too surprised by the selections. A number of the films have gotten a lot of mainstream press, been festival favorites, or have even appeared on U.S. cable television.

The 5 official nominees will be announced on January 14th.

It’s difficult to narrow down the above films, but here are my nominee predictions:

  1. “Amy”
  2. “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
  3. “He Named Me Malala”
  4. “The Look of Silence”
  5. “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

What do you think? Let us know your predictions. Expect reviews of some of the above films coming in the near future.