Full Frame chosen as Oscars-qualifying festival

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 03:57 PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival as an Academy Award qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category.

A short documentary of no longer than 40 minutes that receives the Jury Award for Best Short at this year’s festival will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The winner this year will qualify for consideration in the concurrent season. This year, the season runs from Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013.

One of the nation’s premier documentary film festivals, Full Frame celebrates its 16th year this April. This year’s festival will be held April 4-7 at venues in downtown Durham.

“This announcement today has energized the entire Full Frame community,” Deirdre Haj,  Full Frame’s executive director, stated in a news release. “We view this as a recognition of the strength of the festival, the quality of its programming and a commitment to including film festivals in the process of discovering new filmmakers and films and helping them qualify for one of the industry’s highest honors.”

Many of this year’s Academy Award-nominated films in the documentary feature category screened at Full Frame in 2012, including "How to Survive a Plague," "The Invisible War," and "Searching for Sugar Man," which screened during Full Frame’s year-round programming.

Last August, the Producers Guild of America announced that Full Frame was added to its select list of qualifying events.

The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit organization, and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donors.

Passes for this year’s festival are now on sale, and ticket sales begin March 25. The schedule of films should be released March 14. For information, visit fullframefest.org.