September 1 is Documentary Films Entry Deadline for 2005 Oscars®

August 23, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Teni Melidonian — (310) 247-3000

    Beverly Hills, CA — September 1 is the submission deadline for documentary filmmakers to present materials for either short subject or feature-length films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 78th Academy Awards®.

    Entry forms must be accompanied by supporting documentation including a synopsis of the film in English, a 12-month theatrical exhibition plan, film credits, filmographies of the director(s)/producer, scene stills, 20 VHS cassette tapes or 20 DVDs of the film and proof of qualifying exhibition.

    Videotapes or DVDs will be distributed to Academy screening committees comprised of documentary filmmakers who will determine the nominees for both the short subject and feature-length categories. The 78th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30 a.m. PST, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

    In 2004, “Born into Brothels” and “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” won for best documentary feature and best documentary short subject, respectively. The Documentary Oscar for short subject was first awarded in 1941 to “Churchill’s Island.” In 1943, the Academy awarded “Desert Victory” the first Oscar for best feature-length documentary.

    Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST, preceded by a half-hour arrival segment.

    Additional information about the Documentary Awards categories may be obtained by contacting Assistant Awards Coordinator Michelle Ayala via phone at 310-247-3000, ext. 117; by fax at 310-247-2600; by email at; or by visiting

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