Bollywood 25 minute film Kush has been shortlisted for Oscar reportedly. The film, directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, has been shortlisted by the academy for 10 live-action shorts that will advance in the Oscar race.
3 or 5 movies out of these 10 will be selected for Oscar nomination by the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members.
Kush has been shortlisted for Oscar nominations. It stars Shayaam Sameer, Sonika Chopra and Anil Sharma. The short film has been produced by director Shubhashish’s father Sanjay Bhutiani under the banner of their Red Carpet Moving Pictures.
“The film is getting a great response and is set to travel to some more festivals. The big responsibility for us now it to get it noticed to as many people as possible,” said the producer.
Kush has been made by Shubhashish’s graduation project at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He made the film inspired by a true story.
Its story takes place during the riots that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indra Gandhi in 1984. It revolves around a school picnic where a teacher is trying to protect Kush (the only sikh child in the group from violence raging around them). The film won the Orrizonti Award for Best Short Film at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (VIFF) 2013 and jury prize at Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF).
Other 9 films that has been shortlisted are:
1 – Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything) directed by Xavier Legrand
2 – Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) directed by Esteban Crespo
3 – Dva (Two) directed by Mickey Nedimovic
4 – Helium directed by Anders Walter
5 – Throat Song directed by Miranda de Pencier
6 – Tiger Boy directed by Gabriele Mainetti
7 – The Voorman Problem directed by Mark Gill
8 – Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) Directed by Selma Vilhunen
9 – Record/Play directed by Jesse Atlas
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 16. The Oscar ceremony will take place on March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles. The Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in December, reportedly.