Virunga among BAFTA’s best doc nominees

Netflix's Congo park protection pic will battle it out with Citizenfour and 20 Feet from Stardom at the British awards.
January 9, 2015

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has named the 5 films competing for the best documentary prize at this year’s Film Awards, including Orlando Von Einsiedel’s Congo park protection pic Virunga, which was acquired by Netflix last year.

It will compete against Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour; Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winner 20 Feet from Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at professional back-up singers; 20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s chronicle of a day in the life of Australian recording artist Nick Cave; and the John Maloof- and Charlie Siskel-directed Finding Vivian Maier, a film about a mysterious photographer.

On Jan. 6, Virunga producers Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara picked up a Producer’s Guild of America nomination for outstanding producer of documentary theatrical motion pictures.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will be handed out at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.

Image courtesy of Netflix

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