Winston-Salem’s own RiverRun International Film Festival announced Monday that it has been accepted as a qualifying festival for the Oscars® in the Documentary Short Subject award category. The news was received late last week from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Beginning with this year’s Festival, recipients of RiverRun’s Jury Award for Best Documentary Short will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards®. This prestigious accreditation designates RiverRun as one of only a handful of American film festivals who offer this route to Academy eligibility, allowing documentary shorts to forgo a standard theatrical run, provided that winning films otherwise comply with Academy rules.
“Acceptance by the Academy® as a qualifying festival is an honor that all accomplished film festivals strive for, and it is a testament to the quality programming and exceptional talent that RiverRun consistently delivers. We are excited about the additional high-caliber films this will bring to RiverRun and we are proud to be an avenue for great filmmakers to achieve the industry’s greatest distinction,” said Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun Executive Director.
Now in its 16th year, RiverRun will run April 4-13 in downtown Winston-Salem.