Oscars Eligibility Screening Is Booked

Oscars2009 It’s Oscars time baby! There are two ways to get into the race for the Oscars (for short films). First you win an Oscars accredited festival (which we are still putting in for, but we can’t risk waiting on a win). Second is to screen commercially in LA, which is actually easier than you would imagine. When we wrote the Hollywood Handbook, we interviewed the guys who do it – namely Laemmle theatres in LA. Their website is here. And for those interested, the Oscars rules are here.

Here’s how it works in brief. You book their theatre, you pay the fee, and they screen it for you for a week, in a program of other shorts that are also vying for the Oscar. It’s up to you if you want to get punters in to see your film, but from what I can gather, these are largely audience free screenings. Once I have exact dates and times I will put them up so that if you just happen to be in LA, you can go and see the film.

Luckily for me, Genevieve is over here in the UK right now as I am running the Documentary Masterclass with her this weekend. So I can get her to put the print in her bag and take it back to LA with her next week which will save on an expensive FedEx.

UPDATE – We now have confirmed dates, Fri-Sun 11-13 July at 12-12.20pm – but I still need the exact theatre confirming!

Onward and upward!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

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