EIFF is now an ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying festival!

We did it! But what does it mean? In a nutshell… films which win our Jury Awards for BEST ANIMATED SHORT and BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT Awards are eligible for OSCAR® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.

This is fantastic news! For EIFF, for Edmontonians, for our sponsors & funders, and for filmmakers! Less than 100 film festivals — from more than 4,000 which exist worldwide — are on this list at any given time. Festivals must demonstrate a high level of commitment to short filmmakers and films must meet the Academy’s standards of excellence — in storytelling and craft. ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying festivals are reviewed annually — consider this our performance appraisal — so we gotta keep our programming chops honed!  Click HERE for the complete list of  OSCAR® Qualifying festivals.

 

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