The films graduated from a pool of 31 eligible entries and three to five will make it to the nominations stage on Jan 10 2013.

The shortlist comprises the following, in alphabetical order:

The Education Of Mohammad Hussein, Loki Films;

Inocente, Shine Global;

Kings Point, Kings Point Documentary;

Mondays At Racine, Cynthia Wade Productions;

Open Heart, Urban Landscapes;

ParaÍso, The Strangebird Company [pictured];

The Perfect Fit, SDI Productions; and

Redemption, Downtown Docs.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on Feb 24 2013 in Hollywood.