The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. (BTJA) jointly announced the nominees for the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Monday.
Leading the nominations with four was “Kedi,” a Turkish chronicle of the stray cats of Istanbul directed by Ceyda Torun.
“The inaugural event last year was such a fantastic night, we cannot wait to celebrate the leading lights in the doc world at our second annual event,” said BFCA president Joey Berlin. “This is a golden age for documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television and we’re proud to help audiences find the best of the best.”
“California Typewriter,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts,” “Cries From Syria,” and “Dawson City: Frozen Time” all picked up multiple nominations.
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost” Trilogy, “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”) will receive the Critics’ Choice Impact Award.
One rule change of note this year: There is no longer a distinction between theatrical and TV/streaming releases in the best documentary, best director, and best first feature documentary categories. “As our industry continues to grow and change, the nominating committees of the BFCA and the BTJA came to the decision together that we needed our categories to better reflect the current way documentaries are released as well as how the audience consumes content,” said nominating committees chairperson David Freedman by way of explanation.