Three to five films will be announced as the final nominees along with all the other Oscar nominations on Jan. 16, 2014.
In alphabetical order, with their production companies, the eight films are:
"Facing Fear," Jason Cohen Productions
"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
Malcolm Clarke, director of "The Lady in Number 6," won in the same category in 1989 for "You Don't Have to Die."
The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2.