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- DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS                                                            

Documentary short films shape and interpret factual material for purposes of education or entertainment. Their purpose is to educate, inform, communicate, persuade, raise consciousness, satisfy curiosity or maintain a historical record. Documentaries are meant to be informative works and are often used as a resource to teach various principles.

Scout is delighted to share the official selection for this category.

All It Gives by Talia Woodland, Matthew Takatsch

(Canada)
NOMINEE

Showcasing one of Toronto’s best up and coming Hiphop dancing stars, “All It Gives” follows the story of Kosi Eze, a Nigerian immigrant who moved to Canada when she was 14.



Age Category: 19-24

#BLACK by Yvano Antonio

(Canada)


Canada's Black youth have a responsibility to lead the next generation but they're being disillusioned by social media. They’ve made progress but there’s still plenty of work to be done.


Age Category: 19-24

Chasing Normality by Madison Empalmado, Grace Shao, Julian Vogel

(United States)
NOMINEE

Chasing Normality follows high school students through their battles with various mental disorders, serving as a gateway to start the conversation around mental health.



Age Category: 18 and under

GORGEOUS by Mak De La Cruz

(United States)


In society that promulgates mythic definitions of beauty, one filmmaker intimately reveals her own life’s body dysmorphia and challenges herself and others to own their own GORGEOUS. Youth Documentary Academy. 

Age Category: 18 and under

Howling by Parsa Bozorgani

(Iran)
NOMINEE

A few years back, a video of stray dogs being killed by acid injection by council workers in Shiraz(Iran) went viral. Nobody took responsibility for the action. The murderer was interviewed in this film.

Age Category: 19-24

I'LL BE THERE by Kallista Palapas

(United States)


When Ricky takes his own life, filmmaker Kallista Palapas opens delicate conversations in I’LL BE THERE, hoping to make sense of the unthinkable while honoring her close friend’s life. 


Age Category: 18 and under

Inseparable: The Story of Elly and Lya by Students from Righteous Conversations Project

(United States)


Dutch sisters, born on the same day but years apart, are separated by the Holocaust and raised in hiding by two very different families. A production of the Righteous Conversations Project.

Age Category: 18 and under

Lebollo by Palesa Mashao

(South Africa)
NOMINEE

Lebollo, which means initiation, is a documentary film about female genital mutilation. It follows a character who has been through the practice.

Age Category: 19-24

Peter Daniels: A Child Survivor of Theresienstadt by Students from Righteous Conversations Project

(United States)
NOMINEE

A survivor of the Holocaust shares personal testimony of being one of a hundred children to survive a concentration camp. Produced by the Righteous Conversations Project.

Age Category: 18 and under

Polaroid People by Chelsie Yates

(United Kingdom)


A snapshot of becoming yourself and acceptance.

Age Category: 19-24

RIGHT OF MIND by Madison Goddard

(United States)
NOMINEE

Madison Goddard learns her mother has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and investigates the social stigma against Americans with mental illness. Produced by Youth Documentary Academy.

Age Category: 18 and under

Pulling The Evidence that Remains by Kendra Brown

(United States)
NOMINEE

An intimate look at a kind woman with depression, and bipolar disorder. A mental health story of a Bronx native.

Age Category: 19-24

RUN HIDE FIGHT by Cassie Cappello, Natasha Morehouse

(United States)
NOMINEE

This documentary presents a series of interviews with UNC Charlotte students who, driven by an inherent need for action, volunteered to speak with the filmmakers about UNC Charlotte’s school shooting.

Age Category: 19-24

Serok by Zhivar Farajzadeh 13 years old

(Iran)
NOMINEE

Serok is a boy who helps his father with the goats in the summer. Children are often exposed to adult pressures and problems of life too early.


Age Category: 18 and under

Stitching a Life: The Story of Trudie Strobel by Students from Righteous Conversations Project

(United States)
NOMINEE

Based on the life and art of Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel. A production of the Righteous Conversations Project, a collaboration of Holocaust survivors and teens, and Harvard-Westlake Summer Film.

Age Category: 18 and under

Witches and Bitches in Britches, Oh My! by Raine Bracken

(Canada)


A commentary on the power of words demonstrated through the history of the word witch, and its continued relevance in today's society.

Age Category: 19-24

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