Documentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises feature-length documentaries with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance.

Launched in 1972 and named in honour of documentary filmmaker John Grierson, recent winners include Rubika Shah’s White Riot, Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? and Lucy Cohen’s Kingdom of Us


All About My Sisters

Qiong Wang’s impressive debut takes us to the heart of her unresolved family trauma and asks critical questions about privacy and permission in documentary practice.

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Babi Yar. Context

Sergei Loznitsa’s film reconstructs the events that led to the 1941 massacre of the Jewish population of Kiev in the nearby ravine of Babi Yar.

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Becoming Cousteau

Get your woolly red beanie ready. This riveting doc brings a fresh take on the life of the inspiring inventor, explorer, environmentalist and filmmaker Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

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A Cop Movie

Be prepared to be surprised by this wildly inventive, hybrid documentary drama by Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios, following two Mexico City police officers on the beat.

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Andrea Arnold takes you on a seemingly simple, yet ultimately radical journey, offering an insight into the life of a dairy cow.

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The Dance

Thrillingly documenting the creation of a new dance show by Michael Keegan-Dolan, acclaimed Irish filmmaker Pat Collins reveals a work that is expressive and exhilarating.

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Faya Dayi

Jessica Beshir’s bewitching film is a fascinating portrait of the city of Harar and the intimate rituals of Ethiopia’s most lucrative produce, khat.

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Victoria Fiore’s astonishing feature documentary debut is a surreal journey of a young boy’s final days of freedom before he is taken away from his family.

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