News ID: 204143
Published: 1130 GMT November 11, 2017

Animation about Iran among 26 features submitted for 90th Oscar race

Animation about Iran among 26 features submitted for 90th Oscar race

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences approved 26 animation feature submissions for the 90th Oscar race. An animation about Iran 'Window Horses the Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming', written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming, is among the first lineup.

The animation is about a young Canadian poet Rosie Ming with Chinese and Iranian parents who travel to Iran to perform at a poetry festival.

The animated piece is based on Fleming's graphic novel 'Window Horses: The Poetic Epiphany of Rosie Ming'. Funding for the film was raised through an Indiegogo campaign, which amassed more than $80,000 in 50 days, from 730 contributors in 28 countries.

It won the Best BC Film Award and Best Canadian Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival's BC Spotlight Gala, as well as the Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Animation Festival. In November, it received the Centennial Best Canadian Film or Video Award at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. On December 7, 2016, the film was named to the Toronto International Film Festival's annual Canada's Top 10 list.

'Window Horses' was presented with Audience Award at the 2016 Animasyros-International Animation Festival, and was named Best Picture by the Canadian Association of Online Film Critics. Most recently, the flick was presented with the Human Rights Award at the 2017 RiverRun International Film Festival.

While the number of submissions falls one short of the record 27 features that were submitted last year, it sets the stage for five nominees in the category, since, according to Academy rules, if 16 or more films qualify, the Academy may nominate the maximum number of five nominees.

In a press release, AMPAS says, "Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. Depending on the number of films that qualify, two to five nominees may be voted. Sixteen or more films must qualify for the maximum of five nominees to be voted."

Films submitted in this category may also qualify in other slots, i.e. best picture.

For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category is open to the entire eligible voting membership.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on January 23, 2018 and the awards will be given on March 4, 2018.

The other feature animated films which are submitted include 'The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales', 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children', 'The Boss Baby', 'The Breadwinner' and 'Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie'.

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