“4.1 Miles” documentary on Oscar’s shortlist
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“4.1 Miles” documentary on Oscar’s shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 89th Academy Awards has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar nominations. Among them Daphne Matziaraki’s documentary about the refugee crisis, «4.1 Miles».

Matziaraki’s film won in the documentary category of the Student Academy Awards, in which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects the best student films in the country. “4.1 Miles” portrays a day in the life of a Greek coast guard captain on the island of Lesbos, who is caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.


Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 61 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Brillo Box (3¢ Off),” Brillo Box Documentary
“Close Ties,” Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
“Extremis,” f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures
“4.1 Miles,” University of California, Berkeley
“Frame 394,” Compy Films
“Joe’s Violin,” Lucky Two Productions
“The Mute’s House,” The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School
“The Other Side of Home,” Feeln
“Watani: My Homeland,” ITN Productions
“The White Helmets,” Grain Media and Violet Films

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

“I couldn’t be more humbled, grateful and excited today! My film 4.1 Miles is shortlisted for an Oscar, along with my professor and mentor (to whom I’m so thankful) Dan Krauss’ film “Extremis.” Thank you so much to all the team, to Kyriakos Papadopoulos to UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and of course to NYT Op Docs Kathleen Lingo and Lindsay Crouse” she wrote in her Facebook page.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.