Magazine article Screen International

DIFF Winners Take Short Cut to Oscars

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF Winners Take Short Cut to Oscars

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Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has been granted status as a qualifying film festival in the eligibility criteria for the short film category of the Academy Awards.

The move, which was announced by the Academy's Vicangelo Bulluck at DIFF yesterday, means that short films which win best film in the festival's Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica competition will be eligible for Oscars awards consideration.

"Dubai is now a qualifying festival for the Academy in short film in both the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica categories," said Bullock. Former Academy president Sid Ganis added: "If you're a short filmmaker and win an award in Dubai, you qualify, which is very good news for filmmakers in the region."

To be eligible for Oscars consideration, short films must either be commercially released in Los Angeles or have won a qualifying award at a festival on the Academy's Short Film Qualifying Festival List. The list includes 75 festivals mostly in North America and Europe. …

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