The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) is calling for Kenyan film submissions for the 95th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, scheduled to take place on March 23rd, 2023.
KFC is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to set up an Oscars Selection Committee from Industry Associations & Guilds to make submissions for the Best International Feature Film Award on behalf of Kenyan filmmakers.
Other than the Best International Feature Film, the committee can also submit a documentary and animation to compete for Best Documentary and Best Animation Feature Awards.
Last year, KFC through the Oscars Selection Committee, submitted the Kenyan film The Letter for the 94th award ceremony.
The film explores how land is divided when the patriarch or matriarch within the family dies and the ensuing rift that is brought on by a chaotic mixture of traditions vs modern values and religion. The film was produced by Circle & Square Productions under the umbrella of Docubox East African Film Fund. The film that eventually won the Best International Film Award, however, was the Japanese film Drive My Car.
Submissions begin early because all films submitted for the Oscars must have a 7-day mandated theatrical run in their country of origin to qualify as per the Academy’s regulations.
The deadline for film submissions to KFC is September 14th.
Annually, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) invites countries to submit an official entry of what the individual countries consider as their Best Film Projects.
Only one film is accepted from each Country. Given this important rule and regulation, the committee’s task is therefore to make a Call for Submissions from Kenyan Filmmakers and thereafter View and Select a film project – be it a Feature Film, Documentary or Animation – that meets the set-out Academy rules and regulations and Submit the same to the Academy.
To submit for the 95th Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film Category click here