Just because a documentary doesn’t get a theatrical distribution deal doesn’t mean it can’t be considered for an Academy Award. Since many great docs don’t get distributed theatrically, many filmmakers choose to qualify the film themselves. But it’s not cheap. The least expensive option is the IDA’s DOCUWEEKS program (www.documentary.org), or you can four-wall the film yourself. It needs to run at least two times a day, for a week in New York City AND Los Angeles. Theaters that regularly cater to this kind of Academy-qualifying runs include the Laemmle’s in LA, and the IFC Center in NYC. Know in advance that you should expect to pay at least $30,000 to qualify this way. If you are considering this kind of run….TFC can help.

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LA Shorts Fest 2009

June 24, 2009
posted by sheric

LA Shorts FestToday, I landed the gig to handle the marketing for the LA Shorts Fest. I will be doing all I can to promote the festival and its filmmakers. As such, you will be seeing many updates on my blog as details become available. If you are one of those lucky participants, please contact me so that we can start working together to boost attendance at the festival and at your screening.

For those unfamiliar with the festival, LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world. The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and winners in the primary categories are eligible for Academy nomination. The festival boasts an outstanding past record of 33 Academy Award-nominated films, including 11 Oscar winners. It has honored some of Hollywood’s legends of the past: Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Robert Wise; along with actors Martin Landau, James Woods, Gary Oldman and directors Jan de Bont, Tim Burton, Bryan Singer and Paul Haggis.

The Festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent as well as brand name sponsors looking to connect with the trendsetters in Hollywood. The Festival runs from July 23-31 and opening night guests will be actress and screenwriter Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation,” “Iron Man 2″) and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith (Executive Producer of “The House Bunny” with Anna Faris and co writer of the upcoming film “The Ugly Truth” with Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl).