Deadline approaches for Oscar doc race

Shorts and features must submit materials by Tuesday

Tuesday is the deadline for documentary filmmakers to submit their short-subject and feature documentaries to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 82nd Academy Awards.

Each completed 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), 30 DVD copies of the film and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.

To be eligible, a documentary feature must complete a seven-day commercial run in both Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between Sept. 1, 2008, and Monday. An extension of the eligibility period to Sept. 30 may be granted only if the film has legal contracts with exhibitors guaranteeing that it will complete both qualifying commercial runs before the extension deadline. In those instances, all other required materials must still meet the Tuesday deadline.

In the short-subject category, a film must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or Manhattan between Sept. 1, 2008, and Monday.

The Oscar ceremony will take place March 7.