'Transit' to represent PHL in Academy Awards-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
THE Film Development Council of the Philippines announced Wednesday the independent film "Transit" as the official entry of the country in the 86th Academy Awards.
Directed by Hannah Espia, the film is slated to compete in the Foreign Language Film category of the Oscars.
"We are very happy for this consideration for the Oscar's! Transit was a film made with a lot of passion and heart. Congrats to the Team of Transit. The Oscar's campaign now begins," tweeted Paul Soriano, executive producer of the film.
Soriano also said in a television interview that they're expecting a grueling campaign leading to the Academy.
"We need to raise some funds. The plan right now is to put together a very strategic Oscars campaign. I also want to talk to people that have been there, that have done this, to get their advise if they can tell me what to do, what not to do so that we wouldn't wast time and money," said Soriano.
"Transit" tells the story of Israel-based Filipinos who find out the government's plans to deport children of foreign workers who didn't match the Israeli's residency criteria.
The films was one of the official entries in the New Breed Category of Cinemalaya 2013. It bagged 10 out of 15 awards including Best Supporting Actress for Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Best Director for Espia, Best Film, Best Cinematography, Audience Choice, and Special Jury Prize Award.
The movie which also features Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, and Irma Adlawan will be screened next month at the Busan International Film Festival.
In the meantime, the Academy Awards is scheduled on March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres is back to host the event. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)