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Three DocuWeeks Shorts Included on Oscar Short List

By IDA Editorial Staff

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 85th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, out of a submission pool of 31. Three to five of these titles will earn Oscar® nominations.

Three of the shorts on the list qualified for Academy Award consideration through IDA's DocuWeeksTM Theatrical Documentary Showcase this past summer: King's Point, from director/producer Sari Gilman and producers Jed Wider and Todd Wider; Open Heart, from director/producer/writer Kief Davison and producer Cori Stern; and The Perfect Fit, from  director Tali Yankelevich and producer Finlay Pretsell.

Here's a complete list of the documentary shorts on the short list:

The Education of Mohammad Hussein (Loki Films; Directors/Producers: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady,)

 Inocente (Shine Global, Inc. ; Directors: Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine; Producers Yael Melamede, Emanual Michael)

 Kings Point (Kings Point Documentary, Inc.; Director/Producer: Sari Gilman; Producers Jed Wider, Todd Wider)

 Mondays at Racine (Cynthia Wade Productions; Director/Producer: Cynthia Wade)

Open Heart (Urban Landscapes Inc.; Director/Producer/Writer: Kief Davison; Producer: Cori Stern)

 ParaÍso (The Strangebird Company; Director: Nadav Kurtz) 

 The Perfect Fit (SDI Productions Ltd.; Director: Tali Yankelevich; Producer: Finlay Pretsell)

 Redemption (Downtown Docs; Producer: Matthew O'Neill)

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby TheatreTM at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.