|Late (FINAL) Deadline:||May 10, 2011||$250.00|
Among other requirements, to be eligible for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards®, a feature documentary film must complete a seven-day commercial theatrical run (screening twice daily) in the County of Los Angeles and in the Borough of Manhattan between September 1, 2010, and December 31, 2011. Short documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial theatrical run (screening once per day) in the County of Los Angeles or in the Borough of Manhattan.
DocuWeeks provides one-week theatrical runs in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as the required advertising and publicity support. If selected to participate in DocuWeeks a participation fee of $4,500 for short films and $14,000 to $20,000 for feature films will be required. See Co-op fees for more inforation. After reaching a minimum in gross ticket sales, films will participate in a ticket sales share program.
Please see the 84th Annual Academy Awards Rules for complete eligibility and Academy Award® application requirements. Each filmmaker is responsible for submitting their Academy Awards® application. IDA will provide the filmmaker with proof of advertisement and theatrical runs for submission to the Academy prior to the Academy deadline.Requirements for application to DocuWeeks™
These requirements conform to the 84th Annual Academy Awards® Rules. The Academy rules take precedence if there is any discrepancy. We will make best efforts to update DocuWeeks™ requirements in the case of any changes to the Academy rules. Filmmakers are responsible for confirming their projects are in alignment with the Academy’s rules.
All submissions are accepted through the online platform Withoutabox.com. By submitting to DocuWeeks™, you are confirming you have read the AMPAS 84th Annual Academy Awards® Rules.
To apply for IDA's DocuWeeks™ please use the online submission process at Withoutabox.com.
Final (late) deadline for completing your entry in Withoutabox is 11:59pm PT MAY 10, 2011 and all submission materials requirements must be received at IDA no later than MAY 17, 2011 by end of business day (PT). You may make your submission in Withoutabox.com and send your required submission materials anytime beginning March 18, 2011.
Applicants will be notified in mid-June if selected to participate. Entry fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. If paying by check or money order, please send entry payment in US dollars.
Material requirements for SUBMISSION:
DVDs must be sent to the IDA office (see shipping address); they cannot be uploaded. You must include a copy of your Withoutabox (WAB) confirmation page showing the WAB serial number of your entry.
Material requirements upon ACCEPTANCE
Anything sent to the IDA office in connection with your DocuWeeks™ entry must include a copy of your Withoutabox (WAB) confirmation page showing the WAB serial number of your entry.
Share of Ticket Sales
IDA is pleased to offer DocuWeeks™ participants a Box Office Revenue Share Program. Feature films grossing more than $5,000 as a combined total of gross box office receipts from their DocuWeeks™ runs in Los Angeles and New York will receive 50% of combined gross ticket sales above $5,000. Shorts will receive a percentage of gross of gross ticket sales above $5,000 based on the number of shorts screening in their shorts program.
Participation in DocuWeeks™ requires payment of a Co-op fee structured as follows:
35mm (flat rate) $14,000
Digital Cinema Package (Based on running time)
41 to 89 minutes $17,000
90 to 102 minutes $20,000
Over 102 minutes TBD
35mm OR Digital Cinema Package $4,500
Co-op fees cover part of the costs of the theatrical run for your film in New York City and in Los Angeles including theater/projection equipment rental, paid advertising, and general publicity and promotion. If you are invited to and accept participation in DocuWeeks™ , the Co-op fee is due within two business days of receipt of the invitation. Co-op fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
If selected to participate in DocuWeeks™, you may choose to screen on 35mm print or Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Please choose this option carefully when you apply, as we have limited slots for each type of format. IDA does not cover the costs of producing either the 35mm print or the DCP. Final screening elements are due to theaters 7 days prior to opening screening date (TBA).
Digital Cinema Package (DCP) Information
Filmmakers choosing to screen via DCP must provide an Academy/DCI compliant DCP which will be loaded to Academy compliant cinema players and projected with D-Cinema projectors. Click here for the Academy’s technical requirements and information.
Hermosa Beach Filmworks LLC will be overseeing all DCP files for DocuWeeks™ and providing special rates to create Academy compliant DCP files for DocuWeeks™ participants. Please contact Jonathan Liebert directly with any technical questions regarding DCPs or for a quote.
Applicants will be notified in early to mid-June if selected to participate in DocuWeeks™. Please contact Amy Jelenko, Program and Events Manager, with any questions.Read what other filmmakers have to say about DocuWeeks™
"Kudos to DocuWeeks and its Theatrical Showcase, a wonderful
screening program that is well-curated and generous to films that
don't have distributors in place. Thanks to DocuWeeks, important,
little noticed films can qualify for the Academy Awards and be seen
in great theaters."
—Alex Gibney, Academy Award winner, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
"The IDA provides an extremely valuable service to filmmakers with DocuWeeks. It's unlikely I would have been able to qualify my films for Academyconsideration without it."
—James Longley, Academy Award nominee, Sari's Mother (2007); Iraq in Fragments (2006)
"DocuWeeks is a must! In a highly competitive and ever-changing theatricalmarket, DocuWeeks allows documentary films to be qualified for the bigawards. It's a great way to showcase films at a theatre with otherdocumentaries before deciding on a release plan or a distributor."
—Amy Berg, Academy Award nominee, Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
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