First Looks: Oscar Qualifying Program

First Looks, the Roxie’s Oscar-Qualifying Theatrical Release program, supports filmmakers in their Academy Award quest. We put together a unique lineup of shorts (with running times of 40 minutes and under) from any genre (documentary, narrative, and animation) to serve as the film’s Academy qualifying run. 

All films will screen once daily for seven consecutive days and have tickets for sale on our website. If you have questions about this program or other filmmaker services, please get in touch with

How does it work?

  1. Apply for the program by filling out the form:
  2. When there are enough submitted films to fill a 60-minute program, the date will be selected and announced. 
  3. You must provide a DCP of the film. 
  4. Read the checklist.

Once your screening is booked, send all the needed submission materials.

How much does it cost?

  • Under 15 min – $550
  • 15-30 min – $750
  • 31-40 min – $950

If you are interested in an Oscar-qualifying run for a feature film contact Please note there is limited availability for three shows daily and we cannot accommodate most feature requests. 

The Roxie Theater only screens films that are considered, based on the sole judgment of management, to be consistent with our mission and image.