Filmmakers must submit their entries to the Academy by Sept 24 at 5pm PT to be eligible for consideration in the 85th Academy Awards.
Documentaries must complete seven-day commercial runs in both Los Angeles County and the borough of Manhattan in New York between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2012.
The Academy guidelines read:
“Films completing their qualifying runs after September 24 must still complete and submit all paperwork, including legal contracts, by the deadline.
Each completed entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including 200 DVD copies of the film without trailers or other extraneous materials, an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.
Films that, in any version, receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release will not be eligible for Academy Awards.”