New Orleans Film fest qualifies for Oscars
NEW ORLEANS - The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival now boasts an added incentive for filmmakers thinking about entering. As it approaches its 26th edition, it has become an Oscar-qualifying festival in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary shorts category.
It becomes one of 38 such festivals for documentary shorts, which means the film that takes the festival's top prize in the category instantly qualifies for the corresponding Academy Award race. A film can also qualify for the Oscar race through a seven-day run in either Los Angeles or Manhattan; or by winning the gold, silver or bronze Student Academy Award.
Festival organizers say they are also in the process of applying to become a qualifying event in the live-action and animated shorts categories as well.