Responding to this recent development, the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee NOSC Chairperson Chineze Anyaene said: “The budding Nigerian film industry is often faced with producing films with wide reach which often makes the recording dialogue predominantly English with non-English infusions in some cases. “Going forward, the committee intends to submit films which are predominantly foreign language – non-English recording dialogue. “We are therefore urging filmmakers to shoot with intention of non-English recording dialogue as a key qualifying parameter to represent the country in the most prestigious award.
“The committee is working tirelessly in organising workshops, seminars and using other available media to create robust awareness on the guidelines and requirements for an International Feature Film Entry.’’ Lionheart passed on other technical requirements from story, to sound and picture except for language as adjudged by the Academy screening matrix, which was a challenge for the committee at a time. NOSC added that this was an eye opener and a step forward into growing a better industry.
“The Best International Feature Film category has certain requirements which must be fulfilled before a film can be submitted. “The film must have been first released in the country submitting it, after which it must have been exhibited for a minimum of seven consecutive days in a movie theatre. “The movie must be predominantly non-English which means that movies with predominant English dialogue will not qualify for the award. “The film must not be transmitted electronically or otherwise, before its official release in the theatre,’’ it said in a statement, adding that the shortlist of 10 films will be announced on Dec. 16, 2019.
It was revealed in October that the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) had picked the movie as Nigeria’s submission to the Best International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars. It was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.