The Producers Guild of America has added SXSW, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival to its list of official festivals for awards-qualifying films. Among other exhibition methods, theatrically released documentaries that have screened in competition at these festivals will now be eligible for the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture award.
“This decision by the PGA answers a call among many in the film community that festivals focused on the documentary form have become an important supplement to the commercial marketplace, which, despite a few notable successes, is still limited in terms of documentary releases,” said Full Frame executive director Deirdre Haj. “It is an incredible honor for Full Frame and our colleagues at Silverdocs and SXSW and will be welcome news to our filmmakers that were here with us in 2012!”
AFI Fest, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Festival International Du Film, Los Angeles Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival are already PGA-eligible festivals.
A seven-day theatrical commercial run in a PGA-sanctioned market remains a valid method for entry.