From the absurd and terrifying to the inspiring and beyond, there are stories to be told all throughout our living world, providing documentarians endless source material for compelling projects.
Music, dance, art, sports, history, politics, the natural world—all these offer an infinite number of stories that we've never heard, or think we know well but that might require another look. These films broaden our horizons and invigorate our understanding of the planet, including the people and creatures we share it with.
The winner as chosen by a jury will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards and receives a cash prize of $5,000.
Jurors: Richard Abramowitz, Simon Kilmurry, and Pat Saperstein
USA | 2018 | 90 minutes | Sarah Menzies
Follows Afghanistan's first national women's cycling team as they fight for their right to race.
USA | 2018 | 105 minutes | Laura Nix
Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Competition | Brilliant teenage minds come together to devise solutions to climate change in this life-affirming science documentary.
Sri Lanka | 2018 | 94 minutes | Stephen Loveridge
The genesis, artistry, and politics of subversive hip-hop star M.I.A. are unraveled in a kinetic collage of her own footage.
China | 2018 | 95 minutes | Hao Wu
A captivating look at China’s Internet celebrities, and the dark side of their pursuit for digital fame.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 70 minutes | Daisy Asquith
A vivid montage of the past century of LGBTQ experience in the UK, as depicted in film and TV footage.
Denmark | 2017 | 96 minutes | Annika Berg
Coming-of-age film where eight punk rebels explore their artistic expressions through social media while managing painful realities.
Canada | 2017 | 86 minutes | Charles Officer
A luminous and insightful 12-year-old girl goes on a transformative journey to find her voice through a local music program.
USA | 2018 | 67 minutes | Elizabeth A. Castle, Christina D. King
A documentary highlighting Indigenous women’s rights through the lives of Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter, Marcella.