Big Sky Documentary Winners Now Qualify for Oscars

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

The Big Sky Film Institute has announced that the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is now a qualifying event for the Academy’s Documentary Short Subject Award. Films that win BSDFF’s Short and Mini-Doc categories are now eligible to compete for an Oscar.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Doug Hawes-Davis, executive director of the Big Sky Film Institute. “We’ve worked hard over the past decade to find powerful and diverse non-fiction films to present to our festival audience, and this decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a direct result of those efforts. It will certainly help us raise the bar even higher for our Short and Mini-Doc competitions in the coming years.  Those competitive categories at Big Sky have always been strong and the Academy has recognized that, which is a wonderful thing for filmmakers and our audience alike.  We're thrilled to play a small role in helping the Academy in their annual quest to select a winner of the Documentary Short Subject Oscar.”

The 11 annual BSDFF started Saturday and runs for nine days. In all more than 140 films will be screened. The 2014 lineup was chosen from more than 1,000 submissions from around the world.