Firelight 2020 Year in Review: Awards & Honors

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FIRELIGHT DOCUMENTARY LAB FELLOWS & ALUMNI

Cecilia Aldarondo

  • Received Honorable Mention at the New Orleans Film Festival and a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award Nomination for Landfall
  • Landfall was selected for the Stay Focused Initiative, Cinema Eye Honors (2021)
  • Awarded Enterprise Documentary Fund Grant for Driver, International Documentary Association (IDA)
  • MR. SOUL! nominated for five Critics Choice Documentary Awards, including Best Documentary Feature, Best Archival Documentary, Best Narration, and Best Historical/Biographical Documentary
  • MR. SOUL! nominated for Outstanding Debut Feature, Cinema Eye Honors
  • Coded Bias selected for JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation
  • Selected for Film Independent Documentary Lab for Mama Bears
  • This Is The Way We Rise awarded Best Short Film, Thin Line Fest
  • This Is The Way We Rise awarded Best Short Film, Walla Walla Film Crush
  • Documentary Lab film Out of State (2017) added to the Criterion Channel
  • Down A Dark Stairwell awarded Best Documentary, 2020 Indy Film Fest
  • Down A Dark Stairwell received Truth to Power Best Documentary Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
  • Down A Dark Stairwell received Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Down A Dark Stairwell selected for Audience Award, San Diego Asian American Film Festival
  • Down A Dark Stairwell selected for Stay Focused 2021 Initiative, Cinema Eye Honors (2021)
  • Down A Dark Stairwell selected for JustFilms grant, Ford Foundation
  • Always In Season selected for JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation
  • Unapologetic selected for JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation
  • Awarded Best Historical/Biographical Documentary for John Lewis: Good Trouble, Critics Choice Documentary Awards
  • The Way I See It awarded Best Score, Critics Choice Documentary Awards
  • The Way I See It, which had its broadcast premiere on MSNBC, was the highest-rated non-news, non-live program ever in the network’s 25-year history
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble selected for JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation
  • Vernon Jordan: Make It Plain selected for JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation
  • IN PLAIN SIGHT selected for JustFilms Grant, Ford Foundation
  • Kapwa selected for Documentaries for Social Change Fund, CAAM
  • Duty Free selected as runner-up for Audience Award at DOC NYC
  • Award Creative Capital Grant for Black Mothers

Impact Producer Fellowship Alumni

Ani Mercedes — Received Documentary New Leaders Award, DOC NYC

  • COVER/AGE awarded Best Short Documentary, Workers Unite Film Festival
  • COVER/AGE selected for Emerging Documentary Shortlist, March on Washington Film Festival
  • Selected as a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow 2020–2021
  • Selected for Film Independent Documentary Lab for Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

GROUNDWORK REGIONAL LAB ALUMNI

Sherard Duvall

  • Received grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council

FIRELIGHT LEADERSHIP

Firelight Media — Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association (IDA). In January 2021, Firelight Media will be presented with The Pioneer Award, which acknowledges those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing the nonfiction form and providing exceptional vision and leadership to the documentary community.

  • Honoree, National Black Writers Conference
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Hot Docs
  • Named a 2020 Trailblazer by Realscreen
  • GRAMMY Nomination, Best Music Film for Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
  • Selected as Keynote speaker, New York Women In Film and Television’s (NYWIFT) 2020 Creative Workforce Summit
  • Received Documentary New Leaders Award, DOC NYC
  • Through The Night named a New York Times Critics Pick
  • Selected as Sundance Institute Momentum Fellow (2021)
  • Selected for Stay Focused 2021 Initiative for Through the Night by Cinema Eye Honors

Firelight Media is dedicated to supporting documentary filmmakers of color and cultivating audiences for their work. We’re #changingthestory.

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