Feature length

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Feature length is motion picture terminology referring to 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]

The term may also be applied to non-feature films with the minimum length, such as television movies and direct-to-video releases.

Feature length can also be used to describe an episode of a TV series that has been extended to the length of a feature film. Such feature-length episodes are usually series pilots, holiday specials, or season finales.


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-reel features became common practice in the industry in 1915. During the silent era a one-reel short ran for an average of 10 minutes, and a two-reeler (usually a comedy) for 20 minutes, thus a feature was around 50 minutes or more.

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