Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2009 Oscars®

Beverly Hills, CA (August 26, 2009) — Tuesday, September 1, is 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®.

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.

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 September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009. An extension of the eligibility period to September 30, 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 September 1 deadline.

To be eligible in the Documentary Short Subject category, a film must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009.

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.

Additional information about the documentary awards categories may be obtained by contacting assistant awards coordinator Michelle Ayala at (310) 247-3000, ext. 117, via e-mail at, or by visiting

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Teni Melidonian
(310) 247-3090

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