This year, our Talents alumni broke their own records when it came to submissions for the Oscars Best International Film category. Of the 89 entries put forward for the longlist, 39 of those films have alumni attached, more than 75 alumni in fact. With submissions now closed the entries will be reduced to a shortlist of ten, to be announced on February 9, 2021.
We’re especially proud that You Will Die at Twenty, starring Mustafa Shehata, which producer Hossam Elouan and director Amjad Abu Alala presented in development at our 2017 Talent Project Market, was selected as Sudan’s first ever entry to the Academy Awards.
Wishing the best of luck to all our Talented alumni!
ALBANIA – Open Door – dir./ writer/ screenplay Florenc Papas (BT 2016)
ARGENTINA – The Sleepwalkers – actor Rafael Federman (BT 2017)
BANGLADESH – Sincerely Yours, Dhaka – cinematography Barkat Hossain Polash (BT 2019)
BULGARIA – The Father – dir./screenplay/prod./editor Petar Valchanov (BT 2013), prod. Konstantina Stavrianou (BT 2014), exec. prod. Poli Angelova (BT 2007), actor Nikolay Todorov (BT 2008/2010), actor Petra Oplatkova (BT 2014), actor Georgi Krastev (BT 2011)
GREECE – Apples – music Alexander Voulgaris (BT 2003)
INDONESIA – Impetigore – actor Tara Basro (BT 2015)
LATVIA – Blizzard of Souls – dir. Dzintars Dreibergs (BT 2010)
LEBANON – Broken Keys – sound des. Chadi Roukoz (BT 2009)
LESOTHO – This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection – dir. Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (BT 2012), prod. Cait Pansegrouw (BT 2017), prod. Elias Ribeiro (BT 2015), cinematographer Pierre de Villiers (BT 2020)
NETHERLANDS – Bulado – prod. Derk-Jan Warrink (BT 2011)
NIGERIA – The Milkmaid – cinematographer Yinka Edward (BT 2013)
PARAGUY – Killing the Dead – exec. prod. Alexa Rivero (BT 2007)
POLAND – Never Gonna Snow Again – prod. Agnieszka Wasiak (BT 2009)
SERBIA – Dara in Jasenovac – actor Ivan Zekic (BT 2015)
SWEDEN – Charter – cinematographer Sophia Olsson (BT 2010)
THAILAND – Happy Old Year – writer/ dir./ prod. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (BT 2007)
VENEZUELA – Once upon a Time in Venezuela – prod./ editor Sepp R. Brudermann (BT 2009)