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Golden Globes Alter Film Eligibility Rules Over COVID-19 Delays

March 26, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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With COVID-19 affecting the release of films, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is changing their eligibility rules for the 2021 Golden Globes. Variety reports that due to the pandemic causing theaters to shut down, the HFPA has made changes to the rules that will govern eligibility for next year’s awards including a temporary suspension to the rule that a film had to be screened for HFPA members at a third party facility in the greater Los Angeles area.

In addition, the association has opened eligibility to films that had theatrical releases planned to take place in L.A. between March 15th and April 30th to account for those films that had to be pushed out and may not be able to get such a release by the end of the traditional December 31st eligibility date. This will allow for some films that were intended to hit theaters but instead went straight to ancillary release (Digital HD, home video) to be eligible.

IN order to qualify, distributors must contact the HFPA to arrange a screening date on the official HFPA calendar that meets the timing requirements of the Golden Globes eligibility rules. That means providing all members of the HFPA with a screening link or DVD copy of the film on the date that the screening is scheduled, so that the film can be viewed at home.

“The HFPA will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future,” the HFPA added.

The 2021 Golden Globes are scheduled for January of 2021, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to hosts.

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