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XCity Award 2016 shortlist revealed: Adam Benzine

Academy Award nominee Adam Benzine has been shortlisted for the 2016 XCity Award, continuing his run of success in 2016.

Mr Benzine (Magazine PGDip, 2006) received an Oscar nomination for his documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah. It was among five films to be shortlisted in the Best Documentary Short Subject category at the 2016 Academy Awards.

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The film premiered at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto and the rights have since been acquired by a number of international broadcasters.

Watch Mr Benzine react to his Oscar nomination here.

The 2006 graduate is the third of five shortlisted candidates to be revealed.

Mr Benzine told XCity Plus: “My time at the university sparked a thirst in me for serious journalism; it helped define who I am today. So it’s a real honour to be shortlisted for the 2016 XCity Award.”

He also explained how his City days were vital to his filmmaking, saying: “The skills I developed studying journalism at City, particularly as a researcher and an interviewer, served as the bedrock for my documentary on Claude Lanzmann.”

Since leaving City, Mr Benzine has worked at Property Week, Music Week and at C21 Media where he reported on the international TV industry. He also worked as the associate editor and online editor at Realscreen in Toronto.

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Mr Benzine is one of five people to be shortlisted for the XCity Award and £500 prize, which recognises an outstanding contribution to journalism in the past year by a City alumnus. He received his nomination from MA Magazine course director Barbara Rowlands.

#XCityAwards16 – Let us know what you think of our shortlist