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In order to qualify a documentary short film for Academy Awards consideration, it has to meet one of the following broad criteria:

  1. Theatrical exhibition in Los Angeles
  2. Wins a qualifying film festival award
  3. Wins a Student Academy Award

If one or more of the above are met between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, the film can be considered for nomination in the documentary short category.

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Below are all qualifying festivals and awards for the 89th Oscars.

Documentary Short Oscar Qualifying Festivals

FestivalCountryAward
Aspen ShortsfestUSABest Documentary
Atlanta Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short Film
Austin Film FestivalUSADocumentary Short Jury Award
Big Sky Documentary Film FestivalUSABest Mini-Doc
Big Sky Documentary Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short FilmSpainGold Mikeldi for Documentary
Camden International Film FestivalUSABest Short
CameraimagePolandGolden Frog for Short Documentary
Chicago International Film FestivalUSASilver Hugo for Best Short Documentary
Cleveland International Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short Film
Doc NYCUSAShorts Competition - Grand Jury Prize Winner
Doclisboa International Film FestivalPortugalBest Short Film in Competition
Documentary Edge FestivalNew ZealandBest New Zealand Short
EdindocsUKBest Short Documentary
Flickerfest International Short Film FestivalAustraliaBest Short Documentary Film
Florida Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
Full Frame Documentary Film FestivalUSAJury Award for Best Short
Hamptons International Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary FestivalCanadaBest Short Documentary
Hot Springs Documentary Film FestivalUSASpa City Best Documentary Short
It's All True - International Documentary Film FestivalBrazilBest Documentary in the International Short Film Competition
It's All True - International Documentary Film FestivalBrazilBest Documentary in the Brazilian Short Film Competition
Jihlava International Documentary Film FestivalCzech RepublicBest Documentary Short
Krakow Film FestivalPolandGolden Dragon for Best Short Film
Krakow Film FestivalPolandSilver Dragon for Best Short Documentary
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated FilmGermanyInternational Short Documentary Competition - Golden Dove
Los Angeles Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short Film
LA Shorts FestUSABest Documentary
Melbourne International Film FestivalAustraliaBest Documentary Short Film
Morelia International Film FestivalMexicoBest Short Documentary
Nashville File FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
New Directors / New Films FestivalUSADocumentary Short Program Selection
New Orleans Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short Film
Rhode Island International Film FestivalUSABest Short Documentary Film Award
Riverrun International Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
St. Kilda Film FestivalAustraliaBest Documentary
St. Louis International Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
San Francisco International Film FestivalUSAGolden Gate Award Documentary Short
Seattle International Film FestivalUSABest Short Documentary
Sheffield Doc/FestUKSheffield Short Doc Award
Slamdance Film FestivalUSAJury Award for Documentary Short
South by SouthwestUSABest Documentary Short
Sundance Film FestivalUSAShort Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
Tampere Film FestivalFinlandInternational Competition - Best Documentary
Traverse City Film FestivalUSABest Short Documentary Film
Tribeca Film FestivalUSABest Documentary Short
Visions Du Reel, NyonSwitzerlandBest Short Film

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