Here you can find an number of festivals and the main regulations of Oscar Academy for the participation in the short film main competition.
- OSCAR ACADEMY'S REGULATIONSThe information is taken from: http://www.oscars.org/
- A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.
- This excludes from consideration such works as:
- previews and advertising films
- sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences
- unaired episodes of established TV series
- unsold TV series pilots
An award shall be given for the best achievement in each of two categories.
Animated Short Film
An animated film is defined as a motion picture in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: narrative or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include but are not limited to hand-drawn animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutout animation, pinscreen, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects created frame-by-frame, and drawing on the film frame itself. Motion capture and real-time puppetry are not by themselves animation techniques. An animated short film has a running time of 40 minutes or less. An animated feature film has a running time of more than 40 minutes. In an animated film, animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time. In addition, a narrative animated film must have a significant number of the major characters animated. If the picture is created in a cinematic style that could be mistaken for live action, the filmmaker(s) must also submit information supporting how and why the picture is substantially a work of animation rather than live action. Documentary short subjects that are animated may be submitted in either the Animated Short Film category or the Documentary Short Subject category, but not both.
Live Action Short Film
A live action film uses imagery created primarily through practical photographic techniques used to capture physical actors, props, sets, and locations. Documentary short subjects will not be accepted in the live action category. If the picture is created in the cinematic style of a documentary, the filmmaker(s) must also submit information supporting how and why the picture is substantially a work of fiction rather than a documentary.
To be eligible for award consideration for the 91st Awards year, a short film must fulfill one of the following qualifying criteria between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. This qualification must take place within two years of the film’s completion date:
1. The picture must have been publicly exhibited for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a run of at least seven consecutive days with at least one
screening a day prior to public exhibition or distribution by any nontheatrical means. The picture also must appear in the theater listings along with the appropriate dates and screening time(s).
All eligible motion pictures must be publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, source image format conforming to ST 428-1:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Image Characteristics; image compression (if used) conforming to ISO/IEC 15444-1 (JPEG 2000); and image and sound files packaged as Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) in either “Interop” or “SMPTE DCP” formats. SMPTE DCP refers to SMPTE ST429-2 and related specifications. (Blu-ray format does not meet Digital Cinema requirements.)
The audio in a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is typically 5.1 or 7.1 channels of discrete audio. The minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels as Left, Center, Right (a Left/Right configuration is not acceptable in a theatrical environment).
The audio data shall be formatted in conformance with ST 428-2:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Characteristics and ST 428-3:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Channel Mapping and Channel Labeling.
Student films cannot qualify with a theatrical release. OR
- The film must have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival, as specified in the Short Film Qualifying Festival List, regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by nontheatrical means. Proof of the award must be submitted with the entry. The Short Film Qualifying Festival List is available at www.oscars.org or may be obtained from the Academy.
- The film must have won a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal award in the Academy’s 2018 Student Academy Awards competition in the Animation, Narrative, Alternative or Foreign Film category. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio, in formats currently accepted by the Academy (see Paragraph III.A.1 above), no matter which other formats may have been used during their theatrical run or festival screening. Producers may provide screenings of films in specialized formats for Academy members, but attendance at such screenings is not required for voting purposes.
- A short film qualifying under Paragraph III.A.1 above may not be exhibited publicly or distributed anywhere in any nontheatrical form until after its Los Angeles theatrical release. Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:
- Broadcast and cable television • PPV/VOD
- DVD distribution
- Internet transmission
Excerpts of the film totaling no more than ten percent of its running time are exempted from this rule.
Films qualifying under Paragraph III.A.2 or III.A.3 above are exempted from this rule.
A. Short films must be submitted to the Academy on 35mm or 70mm film, or as a DCP formatted according to the digital qualification standards described in Paragraph III.A.1 above, along with the
digital content delivery of the film. Encrypted films will not be accepted. Formats requiring special technical presentation that meet the technical specifications above will be given consideration if made available for Academy voting screenings in Los Angeles County.
- The print or DCP of the short film submitted for Academy Awards consideration must be identical in content and length to the print or DCP that qualified.
- Dialogue or narration must be substantially in English or the film must have English-language subtitles.
- Prints or DCPs should be marked “Short Film Entry” and shipped prepaid to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Prints or DCPs submitted will be retained by the Academy throughout the voting process.
- The deadline for receiving all required entry materials, including the film print or DCP and the digital content delivery of the film, is 5 p.m. PT on Monday, October 1, 2018. Foreign entries also must comply with this rule.
- If a short film advances to the second round of voting, an additional film print or DCP must be received by the Academy by 5 p.m. PT five business days after the shortlist is announced. If a DCP was submitted, a second DCP must be sent to the Academy. If a film print was submitted, a second print of the picture must be sent to the Academy. In addition, five Region 0/NTSC standard definition DVDs of the shortlisted film must be submitted for Academy records. Shortlisted films must have the necessary clearances for commercial theatrical exhibition. Festival clearances are not sufficient.
- The Academy will retain for its archives one film print or DCP and DVDs of every short film receiving a nomination for final balloting. The Academy will have the right, but not the obligation, to create a preservation copy of the picture at its own expense. All pictures that are not nominated will be returned at Academy expense. By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees that the Academy has the right to make copies and distribute them for voting purposes only.
- The recipient of the Oscar will be the individual most directly responsible for the concept and the creative execution of the film. In the event that more than one individual has been directly and importantly involved in creative decisions, a second statuette may be awarded. However, no more than two awards will be given to a winning production. Companies or organized groups shall not receive nominations or awards.
- No short film may be submitted more than once for Academy Awards consideration. A short film must be submitted in the same Awards year in which it qualifies.
- Excellence of the entries shall be judged on the basis of originality, entertainment and production quality without regard to cost of production or subject matter.
- A reviewing process will take place, in which volunteer active and life members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will view all motion pictures entered and mark all entries 10, 9, 8, 7, or 6 with the guidelines of 10 (excellent), 8 (good), 7 (fair) or 6 (poor). In each category not more than ten pictures receiving the highest average numerical scores above 7.5 shall be considered further. In the event that fewer than six pictures receive average numerical scores above 7.5, those with the next highest average numerical scores shall be included until six pictures are selected. Active and life members of the Directors Branch will also be invited to participate in the Live Action Short Film reviewing process.
- To determine nominations, all entries selected during the reviewing process shall be screened by the Branch Nominating Committee consisting of all active and life members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. Active and life members of the Directors Branch will also be invited to participate in the Live Action Short Film voting. A member must see all shortlisted films for the ballot to be counted. Those members of the branch who participated in the reviewing process and who viewed all of the selected pictures, in either or both categories, will receive ballots. The running order of the films in each category shall be organized by aspect ratio. Members shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five pictures in each category. The five pictures receiving the highest number of votes in each category shall become the nominations for final voting for the Short Film awards.
- Final voting for the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film awards shall be restricted to active and life members of the Academy who have viewed all of the nominated short films. Academy members may vote for only one film in each of the two categories.
- OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
Title: Country: Dates: Deadline: Status: Website: 1 Berlinale Germany 07-17.02.2013 November 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
European Film Award
www.berlinale.de/en 2 International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand France 01-09.02.2013 July 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.clermont-filmfest.com 3 Rio De Janeiro Int. Short Film Festival - Curta Cinema Brazil 27.10-6.11.2011 (нет точных дат) July 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.curtacinema.com.br 4 Venice Film Festival (Venice Biennale) Italy 29.08-08.09.2012 21 June, 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
European Film Awards
www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/index.html 5 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen/ Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen Germany 26.04-1.05.12 Jan 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
www.kurzfilmtage.de 6 GIJON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Spain 16-24.11.2012 September 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST en.fic.gijon.es/ 7 Bermuda International Film Festival Bermuda (Island, Great Britain) March 2013 October 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.biff.bm 8 Tampere International Short Film Festival Finland 06-10.03.2013 December 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
European Film Awards
www.tamperefilmfestival.fi/site/index.php?page=home 9 Festival de Cannes France 16-27.05.2012 March 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
www.festival-cannes.com/en.html 10 Krakow Film Festival Poland 28.05-3.06.2012 November 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
European Film Awards
www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/ 11 BILBAO International Festival of Documentary & Short Films Spain 16-23.11.2012 15 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
www.zinebi.com/ 12 International Festival de Cine de Huesca Spain 9-16.06.2012 March 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.huesca-filmfestival.com 13 Festival of Animated Film (Stuttgart) Germany 08-13.05.2012 December 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.itfs.de/en/ 14 Festival del film Locarno Switzerland 1-11.08.2012 1 June 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
www.pardo.ch 15 Annecy Festival Int. Du Cinema D’Animation France 4-9.06.2012 February 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.annecy.org 16 Hiroshima Int. Animation Festival Japan 23-27.08.2012 April 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.hiroanim.org/en 17 Melbourne Int. Film Festival Australia 2-19.08.2012 November 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au 18 Uppsala Int. Short Film Festival Sweden 22-28.10.2012 30 June 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.shortfilmfestival.com 19 Zagreb World Festival Of Animated Films Croatia 29.05-3.06.2012 February 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.animafest.hr 20 AFI FEST (Los Angeles) U.S.A. 01-08.11.2012 27 July 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.afi.com 21 Ann Arbor Film Festival U.S.A. March 2013 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.aafilmfest.org 22 Aspen Shortsfest (Colorado) U.S.A. April 2013 October 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.aspenfilm.org/index.php/events/aspen-filmfest 23 Athens Int. Film+Video Festival U.S.A. April 2013 November 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.athensfest.org 24 Atlanta Film Festival U.S.A. March 2013 August-September 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.atlantafilmfestival.com 25 Chicago Int. Children’s Film Festival U.S.A. 26.10-4.11.2012 1 May 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.cicff.org 26 CINEQUEST Film Festival U.S.A. 26.02-10.03.2013 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.cinequest.org 27 Cleveland Int. Film Festival U.S.A. March 2013 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.clevelandfilm.org 28 Hamptons Int. Film Festival U.S.A. 4-8.10.2012 11 May 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.hamptonsfilmfest.org 29 Los Angeles Film Festival U.S.A. 14-24.06.2012 December 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.lafilmfest.com 30 Montreal festival de nouveau cinema Canada 10-21.10.2012 30 June 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST
www.nouveaucinema.ca 31 Nashville Film Festival U.S.A. 19-26.04.2012 July 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.nashvillefilmfestival.org 32 Ottawa Int. Animation Festival Canada 19-23.09.2012 18 May 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.animationfestival.ca/index.php 33 Palm Springs Int. Festival of Short Films (California) U.S.A. 19-25.06.2012 January 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.psfilmfest.org 34 Rhode Island Int. Film Festival (RIIFF) U.S.A. 7-12.08.2012 January 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.film-festival.org 35 St. Louis Int. Film Festival (SLIFF) U.S.A. 8-18.11.2012 30 April 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.cinemastlouis.org 36 San Francisco Int. Film Festival U.S.A. 19.04-03.05.2012 October 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.sffs.org 37 Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival U.S.A. 24.01-3.02.2012 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.sbiff.org 38 Seattle Int. Film Festival U.S.A. 17.05-10.06.2012 November 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.siff.net 39 Slamdance Film Festival U.S.A. January 2013 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.slamdance.com 40 SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival U.S.A. 08-16.03.2012 October 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.sxsw.com 41 Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. January 2013 August 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.sundance.org 42 Encounters Bristol International Film Festival UK 18-23.09.2012 6 June 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST European Film Awards www.encounters-festival.org.uk 43 Chicago Int. Film Festival U.S.A. 11-25.10.2012 March 2013 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.chicagofilmfestival.com 44 Guanajuato International Film Festival Expresion en Corto Mexico 20-25.07.2012 1 May 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.guanajuatofilmfestival.com/ 45 Tribeca Film Festival USA 18-29.04.2012 Otober 2012 OSCAR ACADEMY LIST www.tribecafilm.com