New Orleans Film Festival now an Oscar-qualifying event

Posted on: February 19 2015


The New Orleans Film Festival has been chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifier in the documentary short subject category.

Recipients of the New Orleans Film Festival’s juried documentary short award will now be eligible for Oscar consideration, without the normally required seven-day theatrical run in Los Angeles or New York.

The New Orleans Film Society, which marked its 25th anniversary last year, will present the 2015 festival Oct. 15-22 at venues throughout the city.

The festival’s selection as an documentary short Oscar-qualifying festival makes New Orleans one of 23 such festivals in the U.S. and 38 worldwide.

“This designation is such an honor,” said Clint Bowie, director of programming for the Film Society. “It really speaks to the festival’s heightened reputation and the strength of the films that we screen.”

Last year’s winner of the festival’s documentary short award, “White Earth,” is among this year’s Oscar-nominated best documentary shorts.

“We are so proud,” said Jolene Pinder, executive director of the Film Society, “to join the prestigious group of festivals tasked with identifying the finest in the documentary short film genre.”