As awards season gets under way in the US, the Documentary Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge) organisers have announced it has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Oscar qualifying festival for short documentaries.
From this year’s festival, in May, the winners of the Doc Edge Best New Zealand Short and Best International Short Awards will be eligible for consideration in the Academy Awards Documentary Short Subject category, without the standard theatrical run (provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules).
“Throughout the last decade, Doc Edge has screened several short films that have gone on to be nominated or won an Oscar,” said Doc Edge ED Dan Shanan. “We are thrilled with this recognition which is a testimony to the strength of the festival’s programming. This is a huge milestone.”
Doc Edge becomes the second local festival to offer Oscar qualification, after Show Me Shorts. Applications for Doc Edge 2016 closed on 31 December, so the announcement will come as a treat for those who’ve submitted shorts.
Doc Edge also announced two new awards supported by NZ On Air, for Online Documentary or Factual Series, and TV Documentary or Series, each to be worth $2,500. The awards join other NZ On Air-supported gongs at the festival, for Best NZ Feature Documentary and Best NZ Short Documentary.
“We are delighted that NZ On Air is partnering with Doc Edge Festival,” said Shanan. “This is a major boost to NZ filmmakers and recognises the importance of NZ made content.”
For the 2016 edition, entries for the new award categories is separate from (now-closed) festival submission. All the info is is here and applications close 26 February.
This year’s Documentary Edge Festival will run in Wellington 4 – 15 May and in Auckland 18 – 29 May.