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Cinema Eye, the nonfiction filmmaking organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement and craft in the documentary form, has announced key dates, rules and lead production team for the 2016 Cinema Eye Week and Honors Awards Ceremony.

The 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Week will take place in New York City beginning Sunday, January 10 and concluding with the 9th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, January 13.

Nominations for the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors will be announced November 11, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark at the CPH:DOX Documentary Film Festival. Recipients of this year’s Distinctive Honors – the Legacy Award recipient, the Heterodox nominees for narrative films that utilize documentary tools or elements, the Unforgettable Characters of the Year and this year’s list of classic Influential Films will be announced throughout this fall.

Rules and regulations for voting (as well as a list of nominators) for the 2016 Honors are now posted on the Cinema Eye website (

Cinema Eye is also announcing today its Production Team for the 2016 Honors: Wendy Garrett, who joined Cinema Eye in 2014 as Producer of the Awards Ceremony and Nathan Truesdell, who has been a Core Team Member since 2010, will serve as the Co-Chairs of Cinema Eye Week.  Will Lennon, who has been with CEH since 2011, has been named the Lead Producer for Cinema Eye.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It was recently announced that Founding Director AJ Schnack and Nominations Committee Chair Charlotte Cook were joining with Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras to launch Field of Vision, a new home for short-form visual journalism. While Field of Vision may be partnering with CEH on events, Cinema Eye remains an independent arts organization and has no official relationship with Field of Vision, The Intercept or First Look Media. Cinema Eye has set rules and procedures for 2016 and beyond that guarantee a fair, unbiased voting process as well as an oversight procedure that ensures that any conflicts of interest are addressed.  For more information, please see our rules and regulations:



17 September 2015
Cinema Eye Shorts List Announced at 2015 Camden International Film Festival

October 2015
Distinctive Honors: Unforgettables and Influentials Announced

11 November 2015
Nominations Announced for 2016 Cinema Eye Honors at CPH:DOX

November 2015
Distinctive Honors: Heterodox Nominations Announced

December 2015
Legacy Award recipient Announced

7 December 2015
Voting opens for the 2016 Audience Award

December 2015
Audience Award screenings at the Hot Docs Bloor Theatre in Toronto

28 December 2015
Voting Opens for the 2016 Honors

10 January 2016
Cinema Eye Honors Week in New York Kicks Off

11 January 2016
Super Secret Nominees Field Trip
Voting Closes for the 2016 Honors

12 January 2016
2016 Honors Lunch
7th Annual Camden (CIFF) Party to Celebrate the 2016 Nominees

13 January 2016
Honors Awards Ceremony and After-Party at the Museum of the Moving Image