The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee will accept submissions from Nigerian filmmakers from June 16 to July 16 to compete for the “Best Foreign Language Film” at the next Oscars in 2015.
The committee said in a statement said on Tuesday in Lagos that it would accept films of “lengths and genres” and from Nigerian filmmakers living in Nigeria and the Diasporas, whose films relate to Nigeria.
According to the statement, other guidelines included the recording of the original dialogue track, as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English.
It said that films not made in English Language, including Pidgin English, must be appropriately subtitled, noting that Pidgin English was also considered as a foreign language.
The statement said: “The motion picture must be first released in Nigeria not earlier than October 1, 2013 and not later than September 30, 2014.
“Films that have been previously screened publicly in Nigeria, aired on television, prior to the selection, are available for purchase on DVD in Nigeria.
“Or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are not eligible.
“Films must be submitted on DVD and must be clearly watermarked with: ‘Preview Copy.’ Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals.”
The guidelines also include that entrants will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live festival events.
It said that only completed entries will be processed and that filmmakers should submit a typed or clearly printed entry form or a copy of the online form receipt along with the submission.
The acceptable formats for entry are 35mm, DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta, and Blu-ray Disc.
According to the statement, the NOSC will endeavour to complete all selection procedures by September 1 and successful entries will be announced at a Gala Night afterwards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee in April to select and submit movies for consideration.
The committee is made up of Ramsey Nouah, Charles Novia, Ngozi Okafor, Emeka Mba, Chioma Ude, Akin Salami and Kene Mkparu.
Others are Mildred Okwo, Biola Alabi, Olumide Amure, Shaibu Husseini and Chineze Anyaene, who is the chairperson.
The outstanding Nollywood movie selected each year will compete with movies from 85 other countries for the coveted Oscar award.