Nollywood starts preparation for oscars 2021
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 9, 2020
The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) has announced a call for feature film entries by Nollywood filmmakers into the 93rd Academy Award (Oscars).
The Academy Awards recently opened entries to honour the best new films released globally, with the event set to hold on April 25, 2021.
In 2019, Nigeria’s selection for the Oscars, ‘Lionheart’, was disqualified by the Academy for having too much English dialogue for the Best International Feature category.
Lionheart was Nigeria’s first submission to the Oscars. In a statement on Wednesday, the NOSC said the submission represented a pivotal moment for Nollywood.
“We were able to make our first-ever entry submission to the Oscars for the International Feature Film Awards category as a country, and the awareness this has brought to the industry as a whole has been amazing,” NOSC chairperson, Chineze Anyaene, said.
“It has opened the industry to other markets, and we hope to see partnerships with other industries soon.”
Filmmakers can submit their entries to the NOSC by visiting the committee’s website.
The 93rd Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee members include Chineze Anyaene (Chairperson), Mahmood Ali-Balogun (Vice-Chairperson), Adetokunbo Odubawo, Bruce Ayonote, Charles Novia, Ego Boyo, Mildred Okwo, Moses Babatope, Omoni Oboli, Shuaibu Husseini, Victor Okhai and Yibo Koko.