Alumni Attached to Almost Half of 2021 Oscars Best International Film Longlist

Schwesterlein (My Little Sister) © VEGA Film
Schwesterlein (My Little Sister) © VEGA Film

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)

AUSTRIA – What We Wanted – dir./writer Ulrike Kofler (BT 2014), cinematographer Robert Oberrainer (BT 2008)

ARGENTINA – The Sleepwalkers – actor Rafael Federman (BT 2017)

BANGLADESH – Sincerely Yours, Dhaka – cinematography Barkat Hossain Polash (BT 2019)

BOLIVIA – Chaco – writer/ editor Cesar Diaz (BT 2011), writer Pilar Palomero (BT 2017), co-prod. Georgina Baisch (BT 2019), editor Valeria Racioppi (BT 2014).

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Quo Vadis, Aida? – co-prod. Cristian Nicolescu (BT 2010), costume design Małgorzata Karpiuk (BT 2018)

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) 

COSTA RICA – Land of Ashes – music Wissam Hojeij (BT 2018), co-prod. Cecilia Salim (BT2015/16), editor Ariel Escalante (BT 2017)

EGYPT – When We Are Born – dir. Tamer Ezzat (BT 2011), writer Nadine Shams (BT 2005)

ESTONIA – The Last Ones – line prod. Elina Litvinova (BT 2011), sound Quino Piñero (BT 2019)

FINLAND – Tove – director Zaida Bergroth (BT 2003), music Lau Nau (BT 2020)

GEORGIA – Beginning – dir. Dea KulumbegashvilI (BT 2015), cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan (BT 2018), prod. des. Guram Navrozashvili (BT 2006)

GERMANY – And Tomorrow the Entire World - dir./ writer/ prod. Julia von Heinz (BT 2004), prod. Fabian Gasmia (BT 2013)

GREECE – Apples – music Alexander Voulgaris (BT 2003)

INDONESIA – Impetigore – actor Tara Basro (BT 2015)

IVORY COAST – Night of the Kings – actor Konate Abdoul Karim (BT 2016), music Olivier Alary (BT 2015)

JORDAN – 200 Meters – dir. Ameen Nayfeh (BT 2018), co-prod. Julia Gebauer (BT 2017), prod. May Odeh (BT 2015), sound Said Zagha (BT 2020)

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)

MONTENEGRO – Breasts – actor Marija Skaricic (BT 2007), co-prod. Dragan Petrovic (BT 2008)

MOROCCO – The Unknown Saint – prod. Alexa Rivero (BT 2007), cinematographer Amine Berrada (BT 2014).

NETHERLANDS – Bulado – prod. Derk-Jan Warrink (BT 2011)

NIGERIA – The Milkmaid – cinematographer Yinka Edward (BT 2013)

NORTH MACEDONIA – Willow – actor Sara Klimoska (BT 2019), actor Kamka Tocinovski (BT 2008), actor Jelena Jovanova (BT 2015), prod. Jane Kortoshev (BT 2009)

PARAGUY – Killing the Dead – exec. prod. Alexa Rivero (BT 2007)

PERU – Song Without a Name – editor Manuel Bauer (BT 2007), editor Antolín Prieto (BT 2014)

POLAND – Never Gonna Snow Again – prod. Agnieszka Wasiak (BT 2009)

PORTUGAL – Listen – writer Aaron Brookner (BT 2013), actor Susanna Cappellaro (BT 2013)

ROMANIA – Collective – prod. Bernard Michaux (BT 2007), prod. Bianca Oana (BT 2009)

SERBIA – Dara in Jasenovac – actor Ivan Zekic (BT 2015)

SINGAPORE – Wet Season – writer/ dir./ prod. Anthony Chen (BT 2012), prod. Si En Tan (BT 2020)

SLOVENIA – Stories from the Chestnut Woods – writer/ prod. Marina Gumzi (BT 2014), prod. des. Giovanna Cirianni (BT 2015)

SUDAN – You Will Die at 20 – prod. Hossam Elouan (BT 2017), actor Mustafa Shehata (BT 2020)

SWEDEN – Charter – cinematographer Sophia Olsson (BT 2010)

SWITZERLAND – My Little Sister – writer / dir. Stéphanie Chuat (BT 2003) writer / dir. Veronique Reymond (BT 2003), sound des. Gina Keller (BT 2018)

THAILAND – Happy Old Year – writer/ dir./ prod. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (BT 2007)

TUNISIA – The Man Who Sold His Skin – cinematographer Christopher Aoun (BT 2019), exec. prod. Habib Attia (BT 20011)

VENEZUELA – Once upon a Time in Venezuela – prod./ editor Sepp R. Brudermann (BT 2009)