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1.
Wild Horse, Wild Ride (2011 Documentary)
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A handful of unforgettable characters set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for... (106 mins.)
“ Horse training competition of wild Mustangs. ” - road-traveled
 
2.
Pucker Up (2005 Documentary)
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Profiles six competitors in the 2004 Annual Whistler's Convention, held in Louisburg, North Carolina... (76 mins.)
“ North Carolina- Annual Whistler's competition, with whistler's from around the world.
h ” - road-traveled
 
3.
Barbaro: A Nation's Horse (2007 TV Movie)
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Documentary special detailing the life and death of "Barbaro" - Kentucky derby winning race horse put down following the breaking of his leg.
Director: Rob Highland
“ Horse Racing ” - road-traveled
 
4.
Blow Dry (2001)
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In 2000, a small town hosts The British Hairdressing Championship, where a former 2-time winner, his son, his run-away wife and his runaway wife's lady lover reside (not all on speaking terms). (94 mins.)
“ Annual British Hairdressing Championship ” - road-traveled
 
5.
Brassed Off (1996)
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The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ Tara, Ewan and Pete, and music
Brass band competition ” - road-traveled
 
6.
Brooklyn Castle (2012 Documentary)
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Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team. (101 mins.)
“ Junior High School Chess. competition ” - road-traveled
 
7.
Chops (2007 Documentary)
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Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center and its artistic director Wynton Marsalis host the Essentially Ellington Festival... (88 mins.)
Director: Bruce Broder
 
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The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
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Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (85 mins.)
Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
“ giant vegetable growing competition ” - road-traveled
 
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Drumline (2002)
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A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university. (118 mins.)
“ Southern University marching band and drumline. ” - road-traveled
 
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Fanfare (1958)
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After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it. (86 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
“ Brass Band competition in the Netherlands. ” - road-traveled
 
11.
Harp Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Thirty-two competitors from around the world compete in the triennial international harp competition in Indiana...
Director: Susanne Schwibs
“ Harp competition in Indiana, with 32 competitors. ” - road-traveled
 
12.
The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 Documentary)
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Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Director: Mel Stuart
“ Shakespeare play performed at end of school year. ” - road-traveled
 
13.
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck... (1976 Documentary)
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Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system... (44 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ World Championship Cattle Auctioneers competition. ” - road-traveled
 
14.
Lifted (2010)
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13 year old Henry Matthews struggles with life after his reservist father is deployed to Afghanistan. With the help of a local pastor, the boy decides to take part in a local singing contest. (108 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander
“ Teen singing competition in Birmingham, Alabama. Father and son sing and move together. Great songs. Emotional ending. ” - road-traveled
 
15.
Louder Than a Bomb (2010 Documentary)
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By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam. (99 mins.)
“ Chicago schools poetry competition. ” - road-traveled
 
16.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005 Documentary)
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The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition. (105 mins.)
Director: Marilyn Agrelo
“ New York City - 11 year old public school kids compete in city wide ballroom dancing competition.
h ” - road-traveled
 
17.
Make It or Break It (2009 TV Series)
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Follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight. (45 mins.)
 
18.
Melodifestivalen 2011 (2011 Mini-Series)
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(570 mins.)
 
19.
One Minute for Conductors (2013 Documentary)
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More than 130 young conductors participate in the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition... (87 mins.)
 
20.
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
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A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize. (100 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
“ saddest music contest, with musicians from around the world. ” - road-traveled
 
21.
Spellbound (2002 Documentary)
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Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
“ National Spelling Bee


h ” - road-traveled
 
22.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Australian Pan Pacific Championships. Ballroom dancing. Costumes and hairdos!

h ” - road-traveled
 
23.
They Came to Play (2008 Documentary)
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Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation... (91 mins.)
Director: Alex Rotaru
“ International Piano Competition for Amateurs. ” - road-traveled
 
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War Dance (2007 Documentary)
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Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival. (105 mins.)
“ Northern Uganda's National Music and Dance Festival competition. ” - road-traveled
 
25.
Wordplay (2006 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base. (94 mins.)
Director: Patrick Creadon
“ Crossword competition

h ” - road-traveled
 
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Word Wars (2004 Documentary)
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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble. (80 mins.)
“ Scrabble competition

h ” - road-traveled
 
27.
Why Competitions (2011 Documentary)
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Nobody less than the Hungarian Bela Bartok once declared: "Competitions are for horses, not artists!"... (78 mins.)
“ Chopin Piano competition in Warsaw. ” - road-traveled
 
28.
Between the Folds (2008 Documentary)
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Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami... (56 mins.)
Director: Vanessa Gould
 
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Ballou (2008 Documentary)
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Ballou , a documentary film, follows the talented Washington, DC, Ballou Senior High School Marching Band... (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Patrei
 
30.
Rize (2005 Documentary)
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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. (86 mins.)
“ Clowners and Krumpers compete.
Los Angeles. ” - road-traveled
 
31.
Los Bañistas (2010 Short Film)
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(14 mins.)
Director: Carlos Lechuga
“ Practicing for a swimming competition. ” - road-traveled
 
32.
American Cheerleader (2014 Documentary)
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Follows the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship title. (89 mins.)
 
33.
Free to Play (2014 Documentary)
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Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever. (75 mins.)
 
34.
Gnomebrook (2014 Documentary)
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A colourful array of characters compete at the Annual Australian Garden Gnome Convention. Once a year... (82 mins.)
Director: Murray Fahey
 
35.
Top Spin (2014 Documentary)
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Three teenagers' quest to qualify for the 2012 US Olympic table tennis team. (80 mins.)
 
36.
Beauty Factory (2013 Documentary)
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From oratory classes to operating room, Beauty Factory follows five girls for four months as they compete... (85 mins.)
 
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Champ of the Camp (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. The film follows... (75 mins.)
Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
 
38.
The Motivation (2013 Documentary)
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Eight of the world's best pro-skateboarders prepare for the upcoming Street League Championship in NYC... (88 mins.)
 
39.
Oil Sands Karaoke (2013 Documentary)
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Oil Sands Karaoke is a documentary about five oil patch workers vying to win a karaoke contest in one of the most controversial places on the planet... (82 mins.)
 
40.
The Short Game (2013 Documentary)
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The best 7 year old golfers from around the world descend on the world famous Pinehurst Golf course... (99 mins.)
Director: Josh Greenbaum
 
41.
The Entertainers (2012 Documentary)
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A heartwarming comedy about six piano players striving to win the World Championship of Old-Time Piano (mostly ragtime)... (91 mins.)
 
42.
Ping Pong (2012 Documentary)
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8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia... (80 mins.)
 
43.
Somm (2012 Documentary)
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Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. (94 mins.)
Director: Jason Wise
 
44.
We Are Poets (2012 Documentary)
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In the age of Facebook and digital communication, a remarkable group of British teenagers have chosen... (84 mins.)
 
45.
Age of Champions (2011 Documentary)
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Athletes prepare for the 2009 National Senior Games: a 100-year old tennis player from Cape Cod, brothers from Washington... (71 mins.)
 
46.
First Position (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Bess Kargman
 
47.
Speak (2011 Documentary)
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SPEAK follows six unforgettable characters as they prepare to compete for the title, "World Champion of Public Speaking." SPEAK is a powerful, inspiring documentary about conquering life's hurdles and finding your voice. (94 mins.)
 
48.
Stitched (2011 Documentary)
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Stitched is a documentary that follows three competitive art quilters as they prepare to compete in the nation's largest quilt show... (72 mins.)