This means that recipients of the award for Best Short Documentary will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Those rules can be seen here:

EDINDOCS – Documentary Film in Edinburgh

12-14 September

EDINDOCS is a Documentary Film Festival which brings quality, independent documentary film to Scotland's capital.

Now in its fourth year it is another strong addition to the extensive range of Edinburgh's Festivals.

Sponsored by the Baillie Gifford Investment Managers, winners of the 'Best Documentary’ category will receive £250 from and a special glass trophy..

EDINDOCS takes place at the wonderful Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

Films, September 12-14

  • Thursday 12th
    Edinburgh's famous Pandas feature in this evening of Crude Oil, Celtic culture, HIV enlightenment, Indian innovation, animated messages and Joshua Oppenheimer's unbelievable Act of Killing.
  • Friday 13th
    Yes it's Friday the 13th but we won't go there so come and enjoy an eclectic mix from The Registrars made in Edinburgh to Pouters from Glasgow - and a powerful piece by Akmal Saleh on the Egyptian Revolution.

  • Saturday 14th Matinee
    This rich and relaxed session brings you 6 films, diverse and informative - as documentary should be!

  • Saturday 14th
    Our final session will punch you in the chest, tax your cerebral cortex and fill you with delight. We finish with the Oscar winning Searching for Sugar Man.



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    Thursday 12th September 8:45pm:
    The Act of Killing

    In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

    Friday 13th September 9:05pm:
    Pharaoh vs The Egyptians

    Egyptian-born, Australian comedian Akmal Saleh returned to Egypt six months after the revolution to interview activists about their experiences, but what he discovered far outweighed his expectations. This film is a documentary outlining the events that led to millions of Egyptians, most of them under the age of thirty, deciding to risk their lives in order to protest against decades of oppression and a brutal regime.

    Saturday 14th September 8:45pm:
    Searching for Sugar Man

    Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was.
    A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.