Short film IMPORT on way to the Oscars
2 September 2016
IMPORT by Ena Sendijarevic Dutch entry Live Action Short for the Academy Awards®
Short fiction film IMPORT, directed by Ena Sendijarević, has been selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals for Oscar® submission in the Live Action Short Film category. IMPORT is produced by Pupkin and was made possible with Netherlands Film Fund support.
The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight). Meanwhile, the film has been selected for more than 20 international festivals, including DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival (Kosovo, winner for Best International Short Film), Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF (Canada) and the BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain).
In IMPORT a young Bosnian refugee family ends up in a small village in the Netherlands after getting a residence permit in 1994. Absurd situations arise as they try to make this strange new world their home.
Writer/director Ena Sendijarević (1987) was born in Bosnia and came to the Netherlands at the age of seven, as a refugee from the war in former Yugoslavia. She graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2014 with the short film FERNWEH. Both FERNWEH and her earlier short film TRAVELLERS INTO THE NIGHT (2013) premiered at the Palm Springs International ShortFest and have been selected for over 80 international film festivals ever since, winning numerous awards. Ena is now working on her first feature.
Pupkin (Pieter Kuijpers, Iris Otten and Sander van Meurs) produced the award-winning films THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END and WE WILL NEVER BE ROYALS and Emmy-nominated PENGUINS AND PASTRY and BOYS.
EYE International organizes the Dutch short film selections, the qualifying run of IMPORT in Los Angeles and oversees its submission to the Academy. On 24 January 2017 the Academy will announce the nominees in all categories, including those for Live Action Short Film. The Oscars® will be presented on February 26, 2017.
Charlotte Scott-Wilson's Hold On, produced by OAK Motion Pictures, already qualified for the Oscars® by winning the Best Narrative Short Award at the TriBeCa Film Festival.Therefore, this film also has a chance to win an Oscar® for Best Live Action Short Film. The film is about Kyra, a young, talented cellist who suddenly develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.
Kindly watch the trailer of IMPORT: https://vimeo.com/161663267
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