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January 11, 2016

Cleveland International Film Festival Named Oscar®-Qualifying Festival in Documentary Short Subject

Contact: Maria Gigante For immediate release: 1.11.16

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The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject Award. The documentary short film that receives the CIFF’s Best Documentary Short Award may now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Documentary Short Subject competition for the concurrent season.

The CIFF has been a qualifying festival in the Animated Short and Live Action Short categories since 2009. Recipients of the CIFF’s three qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the concomitant category of the Academy Awards ® without the standard theatrical run, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.

CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman shared the Festival’s excitement about the announcement: “The CIFF is honored to have the Academy’s approval to be a qualifying festival for a third award. Our 35thCIFF award winner for Best Animated Short — The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore — won the Academy Award ® for its category in 2012. And the 36th CIFF award winner for Best Live Action Short — Curfew — won the Academy Award ® for its category in 2013. We cannot wait to see what happens next!”

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


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