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May 9, 2012
Dates Announced for 16th Annual DocuWeeks Programs

Short Film News (SFN)- IDA has announced that it will present the 16th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase from August 3-23, 2012 at the IFC Center in New York, and from August 10-30, 2012 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in Los Angeles.

This announcement of dates and venues comes on the heels of an announcement from IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin that the LA Times has agreed to review all films in this year's DocuWeeks. Steve Pond of TheWrap.com clarifies: "Those Times reviews will enable all 17 feature films to qualify for Oscar consideration."

DocuWeeks 2012 will feature 17 feature-length documentaries and a shorts program in theatrical runs designed to qualify films for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences annual Oscar awards. DocuWeeks takes place each summer with screenings in these two major cities.

Since its premiere in 1997 DocuWeeks has qualified over 186 short and feature length films for Oscar consideration and yielded 32 nominations and 7 winners. Documentaries presented in past DocuWeeks programs include Oscar winners Smile Pinki (2008), Taxi To The Dark Side (2007) and The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006), as well as Oscar Nominees Hell and Back Again (2011), The Barber of Birmingham (2011), Wasteland (2010), Sun Come Up (2010), Killing in the Name (2010), Rabbit à la Berlin (2009), The Betrayal (2008), War/Dance (2007), Salim Baba (2007) and Sari’s Mother (2007).

A full list of films participating in the DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase line-up will be announced in July.

Submissions to DocuWeeks are still being accepted with the deadline for entry on May 11, 2012. Visit www.documentary.org/docuweeks for more information.

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