AMPAS bestows grant, sets documentary dates


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the Telluride Film Festival a $50,000 grant ahead of its opening night Friday.

Separately, the Academy is preparing for Oscar season and has set Tuesday as the deadline for filmmakers to submit short subject and feature documentaries for consideration for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

The Academy Foundation's grant to Telluride will go to underwrite the fest's guest director program; this year, Slovenian political philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek is serving in that role.

As for the docu Oscar competition, each entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits, filmographies of the director(s) and/or producer(s), 25 DVD copies of the film and proof of a seven-day qualifying exhibition.

Nominations will be announced Jan. 22. The awards will be presented Feb. 22.