The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced that the field of documentary short contenders for the 82nd Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight films.

Three to five titles from that pool will earn Oscar nominations. Voters from the Academy’s documentary branch viewed this year’s 37 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The eight films in alphabetical order with production companies are:

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears Of Sichuan Province (Downtown Community Television Center, Inc);

The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth Gardner (Just Media);

The Last Truck: Closing Of A GM Plant (Community Media Productions);

Lt Watada (Chanlim Films);

Music By Prudence (iThemba Productions, Inc);

Rabbit A La Berlin (MS Films);

Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak (Outside Productions); and

Woman Rebel (Women Rebel Films).

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on February 2, 2010, and the Oscar ceremony is scheduled to take place in Hollywood on March 7.