As the multitudes of streaming platforms become more invested in the documentary field, the spread of different documentary films widens — causing enthusiasts such as Scott Feinberg a bit more work to figure out what is the most essential few for each year.

Luckily for those visiting this year’s SCAD Savannah Film Festival, both Feinberg and the team behind the festival have a knack for finding those award-winning hits.

“There's a lot (of good documentaries), it's not like we struggled to come up with 10,” Feinberg, who is in his sixth year hosting the Docs to Watch panel, said. “In fact...both the festival and I hear from distributors and filmmakers and publicists relentlessly lobbying to have their films included. We just try to have a diversity of topics and distributors and all sorts of things. And so this just ends up being the mix that we settled on.”

Feinberg, who runs the awards coverage for The Hollywood Reporter, said he and the team for the festival are proud to have hosted a number of recent Best Documentary Feature winners at the Oscars in years past.

“We think we do a pretty good job of picking (films) that's worth people showing up for,” he said.

Among the titles in this year’s festival include: “American Factory,” “Apollo 11,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “The Cave,” “Diego Maradona,” “The Kingmaker,” “Knock Down the House,” “Maiden,” “One Child Nation” and “Sea of Shadows.”

This year, the investment in documentaries by streaming services like Netflix or Amazon are apparent in the field, along with other outlets such as HBO, and one of the draws for visitors of the film festival are to catch many of these titles on the big screen — something that doesn’t happen outside of New York City and Los Angeles for most of them.

“(The companies) like their films to be seen (on the big screen) certainly. The nice thing for them though, is that a movie like ‘American Factory,’ or ‘Knock Down the House,’ from Netflix, or ‘One Child Nation,’ from Amazon, like maybe it's not a coincidence that they're less about the visuals, which are still nice and fine, but there are great stories that will play well on their streaming service, but also are certainly not going to be worse off for being seen on the big screen,” he said.

“I think that it is interesting. And the thing is, there's a reason (the films from these services are) on this panel, they're represented on this panels because they really have come to distribute and a lot of the top documentaries. They realize there's (an audience), maybe not as much to go and see them in theaters, as there once was, but they people will watch them in big numbers on on the streaming services.”

Christina Routhier, executive director of SCAD Theaters and Festivals, agrees, adding that her team, along with Feinberg, saw a large number of documentaries coming from the streaming field. “Over the past seven years of the series, we have seen an explosion of documentary films entering the marketplace from theatrical to streaming," she said. "It has become harder and harder to curate the options down to 10 documentaries a year with the addition of streaming services giving a platform to showcase more documentaries than ever before. As a university-run festival, operating out of two pristine fully equipped historic theaters, it is a privilege to be able to screen these documentaries on the big screen and give the director an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session and connect directly to their audience.”

Not only does the Docs to Watch panel bring in big titles, but the names associated with them generally make their way to Savannah to celebrate their movies and take part in the festival. Feinberg said he has seen growth each year that panel has happened — not only in interest to participate in the festival, but to experience the city and university.

“I think it's a real testament to the efforts of (SCAD Savannah Film Festival executive and artistic director) Christina Ruth who's been great to work with on a personal level, but also I've seen her interactions with the Hollywood distributors and studios, and I think that basically it's a testament to the experience of going to the festival because the people who have gone not only the talent, but the publicists and the agents and everybody else who accompanies them, they come back and report to their colleagues,” he said.

As exciting as the Docs to Watch panel is every year, Feinberg says his own visit to Savannah is always a pleasure. “I love staying at the Marshall House every time and I always introduce other filmmakers to Leopold's and to the various venues and parks (in Savannah) and the waterfront... it's just a great little town,” he said.

“(Visiting talent are) often invited to go on tours of the (SCAD) campus or informally just go around (Savannah) with people who've been there before like me, and yeah, I mean, how can they not be impressed?”

The Docs to Watch Roundtable takes place at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.