This information was revealed by the chairman of the committee, Chineze Anyaene, who said entries will be received between June 16 and July 6, 2015, and Nigerian filmmakers both at home and abroad can enter their films for consideration in the Foreign Language category of the coveted awards.
Anyaene said submitted films must have been released in Nigeria between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and be publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theatre, for the profit of the producer and exhibitor.
Speaking on the quality expected, Anyaene said, “What matters to the committee is the selection and submission of works that best represent the country, and not just to be counted among the countries with entries at the Oscars.”
While I agree with Mrs. Anyaene, it would be a good thing if we send entries, and with the quality of films I’ve seen within the past year, I think there’s more than enough to choose from. The only problem I see with this is that, the entry must have been made in a language other than English. Most of the films that have generated buzz were made predominantly in English Language.
Those responsible for picking the Nigerian contingent at the 2016 Oscars are, Chineze Anyaene, Olumide Amure, Ramsey Noah, Ngozi Okafor, Akin Salami, Mildred Okwo, Kene Mkparu, Emeka Mba, Shaibu Husseini, Chioma Ude, Charles Novia and Biola Alabi.
The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee was inaugurated in February 2014 to showcase local, regional and national talent including actors, writers, directors, producers and prominent industry professionals.