The short list was culled from 40 submitted films and will be further pared down to three to five nominations to be announced Jan. 16.
The shortlisted films are --
"CaveDigger" directed by Jeffrey Karoff;
"Facing Fear" by Jason Cohen;
"Jujitsu-ing Reality" by Chetin Chabuk;
"Karama Has No Walls" by Sara Ishaq.
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" by Malcolm Clarke;
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall" by Edgar Barens;
"Recollections" by Nathanael Carton;
"SLOMO" by Joshua Izenberg.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented March 2 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on ABC.