The Nigerian Official Selection Committee, NOSC for the Best International Feature Film, IFF category of the Oscars has announced actress cum filmmaker, Stephanie Linus as its new chairperson.
Her choice is coming on the heels of a restructured selection committee by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the subsequent departure of its founder and previous chairperson, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi.
The reconstituted members of the NOSC also include the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe; the President of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria, Dr. Victor Okhai; veteran actress Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde; former President of DGN, Mr. Andy Amenechi; theater practitioner Yibo Koko and writer/director Izu Ojukwu.
Other members include cinematographer, Adetokunbo ‘DJ Tee’ Odubawo; prolific film producer Emem Isong; Director Dimeji Ajibola; writer/director Jude Idada, Ngozi Okafor, Director John Njamah and Actress/polyglot Meg Otanwa.
As the 96th Academy Awards approaches in the upcoming year, the newly formed NOSC team will be tasked with collecting, screening and voting on entries to represent Nigeria in the IFF category.
NOSC disclosed that the list of its new members brings people of diverse creative portfolios into the dynamics of selecting the best film from Nigeria.
The IFF Award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length film produced outside the United States that contains 50 per cent or more non-English dialogue.
It was reported that the Academy requires that submitted films must meet other criteria including accurate English subtitles, shooting formats and theatrical releases – details of which are available on the NOSC website.