Feature length

In motion picture terminology , feature length is the length of a feature film . According to the rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes to be eligible for an Academy Award . [1]

Television movies and live-to-video may also be feature length. An episode of a TV series that has been extended may also be feature length. These feature-length episodes are usually series pilots , holiday specials , or final season .


The earliest known feature-length narrative film in the world was the Australian production The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), which was 60 minutes in length. Five- real features est devenu common practice in the industry in 1915. During the silent era was one-reel shorts ran for an average of 10 minutes , and a two-reeler (usually a comedy) for 20 minutes THUS has around 50 feature Was minutes or more. Possibly due to competition from television, the average length of feature film increased from around 90 minutes in 1931 to almost 120 minutes in 1960. citation needed ]

See also

  • List of motion picture terminology
  • Short film


  1. Jump up^ “281 Feature Films in Competition for Oscar 2008” . Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences . 2008 . Retrieved 2010-09-22 .