Due date for documentary film entries for Oscars set for 1 Sept


MUMBAI: The deadline for documentary filmmakers to submit their short subject and feature documentaries to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 82nd Academy Awards has been set as 1 September.

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits, filmographies of the director(s) and/or producer(s), 30 DVD copies of the film, and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.

To be eligible in the Documentary Short Subject category a documentary feature must complete a seven-day commercial run in both Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between 1 September, 2008 and 31 August, 2009. An extension of the eligibility period to 30 September, 2009 may be granted only if the film has legal contracts with exhibitors guaranteeing that it will complete both qualifying commercial runs before the extension deadline. In those instances, all other required materials must still meet the 1 September  deadline.

At the 81st Academy Awards this past February, Smile Pinki and Man on Wire won in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories, respectively.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on 2 February, 2010. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on 7 March, 2010.