Voters from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences documentary branch have narrowed the field of 40 submissions.
Three to five films from the shortlist will eventually earn nominations.
The eight films in alphabetical order by title are:
- CaveDigger, Karoffilms
- Facing Fear, Jason Cohen Productions, LLC
- Jujitsu-ing Reality, Sobini Films
- Karama Has No Walls, Hot Spot Films
- The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Reed Entertainment
- Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall, Prison Terminal
- Recollections, notrac productions;
- SLOMO, Big Young Films and Runaway Films.
The Oscar ceremony will take place on March 2 2014.