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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Chosen as Oscar-Qualifying in Documentary Short Category

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 22, 2013 at 12:24PM

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has been selected as an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This decision follows a recent similar decision by the Producers Guild.
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Oscar-nominated documentary short "Mondays at Racine"
Oscar-nominated documentary short "Mondays at Racine"

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has been selected as an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This decision follows a recent similar decision by the Producers Guild.

This means that a short documentary film of 40 minutes or less that receives the fest's Jury Award for Best Short will automatically qualify for consideration in the Docuementary Short category of the Oscars, without a standard theatrical run.

The winner of this year's fest, running April 4-7, will qualify for the concurrent season, from September 1, 2012 to August 21, 2013.

Full Frame, celebrating its 16th anniversary, screened many of the nominated films in this year's documentary feature category, including "How to Survive a Plague" and "The Invisible War." "Searching for Sugarman" screened during Full Frame's year-round programming.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Oscars, Awards, Documentary, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.