The announcement means that the short documentary (no longer than 40 minutes) that receives this year’s Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short will qualify for the Academy Awards’ Documentary Short Subject category without the standard theatrical run. That film will be under consideration in the concurrent season, which began on Sept. 1, 2012, and ends Aug. 31, 2013.
“This announcement today has energized the entire Full Frame community,” says Deirdre Haj, Full Frame’s Executive Director, in a press 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.”
This year, Full Frame runs April 4-7 in a four-block area downtown; past venues have ranged from The Carolina Theatre to Durham Central Park. More than 100 films will be shown throughout the course of the festival, which also includes various discussions and panels from filmmakers and other film professionals.