24 August, 2005: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have set September 1 as the deadline for submitting documentary films for either short subject or feature-length categories. Only those documentary movies received before September 1 will be considered for shortlisting filsm for the 78th Academy Awards® next year.
Nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced on January 31, Tuesday 2006, at 5:30 a.m. PST, at Samuel Goldwyn Theater of the Academy. The Oscar Awards 2006 (for movies produced in 2005) will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®. The award function will be televised live by ABC TV from 5 p.m. PST.
Entry forms for documentary films must be accompanied by supporting documentation, which include 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, the Academy said in a press release.
Videotapes or DVDs of the movies will be given to the screening committees of the Academy comprised of documentary filmmakers who will determine the nominees for both the short subject and feature-length categories.
"Born into Brothels" and "Mighty Times: The Children's March" bagged the prizes for best documentary feature and best documentary short subject, respectively in 2004. "Churchill's Island" won the the Documentary Oscar for short subject in 1941. In 1943, the Academy awarded "Desert Victory" the first Oscar for best feature-length documentary.
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