Mikhail Red’s coming-of-age mystery-thriller film ‘Birdshot’ has been selected as the Philippines’ official entry to the 90th Academy Awards, more popular as the Oscars. This was announced by the Film Academy of the Philippines’ director general Leo Martinez as tweeted by Inquirer Entertainment.
— Inq Entertainment (@InqEnt) September 25, 2017
This is the official statement of the director as sent to Cinema Bravo:
This is surprising news for all of us! What a spectacular turn of events for Birdshot’s long journey! I’d like to thank FAP for giving us the opportunity to represent our country. I’d like to thank the Birdshot family for being patient and determined while creating a substantial and well-crafted film. Finally I’d like to thank the game changing TBA Studios for believing in the vision of birdshot. May they continue to encourage young storytellers to create uncompromising films, may they continue to pave the way to a bright future for Philippine Cinema.
Producer Pamela Reyes shares the same excitement for her film’s next journey. “It has been 3 years since I started producing Birdshot,” she told Cinema Bravo. “Being chosen to represent the Philippines for the 2018 Oscars race is truly the cherry on top. I am beyond excited. This is just the start and we will need all the help we can get for the Oscars campaign.”
This mystery-thriller tells the story of a young Filipinas farm girl named Maya who wanders into the boundaries of a Philippine reservation forest.
Birdshot is an eligible film as it is a motion picture first released theatrically in its origin country between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Its theatrical release was last October 16 via Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino when it was screened across Philippine cinemas.
Birdshot can still be seen at Cinema ’76, the micro-cinema in San Juan owned by TBA Studios.
The longlist will be announced by the Academy on a later date. From this, nine finalists will be shortlisted later in the year, with the final five to be announced early 2018. No Filipino movie has ever been selected as a nominee for this category.
Last year, the Philippines submitted Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ but did not make the cut. In 2015, it can be noted that the country’s entry was the TBA-produced historical film ‘Heneral Luna.’