The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences also known as the Oscars has called on Nigerian filmmakers to submit their films for the 94th Academy Awards.
The announcement was made in an Instagram post on Monday.
“The Nigeria Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy Awards in International Feature Film (IFF) Submissions, has reopened the submission portal for the 94th Academy Awards from Monday, September 20th, to Monday, October 4th, 2021,” the post read.
The selection exercise, which will be undertaken by the NOSC, is expected to present one film as Nigeria’s entry in the International Feature Film award category(IFF).
The IFF Award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains 50 percent or more of non-English dialogue.
The Academy, in 2020, approved Pidgin English as a qualification for this category.
The 94th Academy Awards requires that films submitted must meet other criteria, including accurate English subtitles, exhibition formats and theatrical releases for at least seven consecutive days in Nigeria, between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
The NOSC also announced the inclusion of Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, and award-winning filmmaker, Izu Ojukwu, in the selection committee.
The committee is headed by filmmaker and entrepreneur, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi.
Other members include chairman of Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria, Mahmood Ali-Balogun; filmmakers Mildred Okwo, Ego Boyo, Adetokunbo ‘DJ Tee’ Odubawo and Yibo Koko.