Oscar Shorts Deadline Looms

Do you think you have the next Geri’s Game, Wrong Trousers, Harvey Krumpet or Ryan? To be considered for the 78th Academy Awards, your animated or live-action short films have to be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT on Monday, October 3.

For the short film categories, filmmakers must submit an entry form, film synopsis, cast and credits list, stills, filmography, film print and proof of qualifying exhibition or festival win. Films that reach the branch screening round of voting will need to supply a second film print to the Academy by Wednesday, January 4, 2006.

Oct. 3 is also the deadline for foreign language films, which require additional documentation, including a synopsis of the film in English and cast and crew credits list. Film prints must be received by the Academy no later than Friday, October 14.

Screenings of submitted films in the foreign language film category will begin on Friday, October 28, while the live-action and animated short film screenings will start in early November.

The 78th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 2005 awards ceremony will be presented on Sunday, March 5, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT.

Additional submission information may be obtained by contacting Awards Coordinator Torene Svitil at 310-247-3000, ext. 190; by fax at 310-247-2600; or by visiting www.oscars.org/78academyawards/rules.