Show Me Shorts has been granted Oscar-qualifying status for its Best International Film Award, which now joins the domestic Best Film Award as a route to Academy consideration.
The festival’s Best Film award has been Oscar-qualifying for some years now, putting forward Night Shift, Honk If You’re Horny, Dive and last year’s winner The Tide Keeper (pictured, top).
Show Me Shorts Festival Director Gina Dellabarca explained, “Winning one of these awards removes the need for a standard theatrical run in a US cinema – something most short films are unable to achieve. Winning an Oscar-qualifying festival is the main way that short films can become eligible for consideration for the Oscars.”
One of the most popular shorts from the international selection of Show Me Shorts 2015, Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer, is a nominee for the Academy’s Best Live Action Short Film at the Oscar ceremony on Monday (29 February). Last year the Oscar went to The Phone Call, produced by expat James Lucas.
The Phone Call played Show Me Shorts in 2014, ahead of its Academy Award. The new route to Oscar qualification is likely to drive an increase in the number of high-calibre international films submitted to Show Me Shorts.
From this year, Show Me Shorts will be joined by Doc Edge as a route for NZ films to qualify for Academy consideration. Doc Edge will qualify the winners of its Best New Zealand Short Documentary and Best International Short Documentary awards.
Show Me Shorts is accepting submissions for its 2016 edition. The deadlines are:
- Earlybird Deadline: 15 April 2016 (shorts US$25 / music videos US$10)
- Regular Deadline: 15 May 2016 (shorts US$30 / music videos US$15)
- Late Deadline: 15 June 2016 (shorts US$35 / music videos US$20)
- Extended Deadline: 1 July 2016 (shorts US$40 / music videos US$25)