Beverly Hills, CA — Wednesday, September 1, 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 83rd 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 producer(s), when applicable), 30 DVD copies of the film, and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.

To be eligible in the Documentary Feature category, a film must complete a seven-day commercial run in both Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010.

In the Documentary Short Subject category, a film must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010.

An extension of the eligibility period to September 30, 2010, may be granted only if legal contracts are in place with exhibitors guaranteeing that films will complete their qualifying commercial runs before the extension deadline. In those instances, the contracts and all other required materials must still be submitted before the September 1 deadline.

Additional information about the documentary awards categories may be obtained by contacting assistant awards coordinator Michelle Ayala at (310) 247-3000, ext. 117, via e-mail at mayala@oscars.org, or by visiting http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule12.html.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre and televised live by the ABC Television Network.