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How Long Does a Movie Need to Be to Be Considered a "Feature"?


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How long does a movie need to be to be considered a "feature"?


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, and the British Film Institute all define a feature as a film with a running time of 40 minutes or longer. The "Centre national de la cin?matographie" in France defines it as a 35 mm film which is longer than 1,600 meters, which comes out to exactly 58 minutes and 29 seconds for sound films, and the Screen Actors Guild gives a minimum running time of 80 minutes. Usually a feature film is between 90 and 210 minutes; a children's film is usually between 60 and 120 minutes. An anthology film is a fixed sequence of short subjects with a common theme, combined into a feature film.




Feature film = 60 minutes or more.


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