Nollywood actress and director, Stephanie Linus, has been appointed as the new chair of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee, NOSC, for the Best International Feature Film, IFF, category of the 2024 Oscars.

Nollywood actress, Stephanie Linus

This move follows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AMPAS, approval of the restructuring of the NOSC team into a 14-member group, and the departure of Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi, the NOSC’s founder and previous Chairperson.

The reconstituted members of the NOSC also include the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Dr. Chidia Maduekwe; the President of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Dr. Victor Okhai; veteran actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde; former President of DGN, Mr. Andy Amenechi; theatre 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.

The newly constituted NOSC team will be entrusted with gathering, screening, and selecting entries to represent Nigeria in the IFF category as the 96th Academy Awards draw near in the following year.

To help choose the greatest film from Nigeria, the NOSC emphasises that its new membership list brings together people from a variety of creative backgrounds.

The Academy annually bestows the IFF (formerly known as Best Foreign Language) Award on a full-length movie made outside of the US and featuring at least 50% non-English speech.

On the NOSC website, you may find information on the specific requirements the Academy has for submitted films, such as appropriate English subtitles, shooting formats, and theatrical releases.

Story: Christy Dung