Magazine article Screen International

Kosovo Submits First Ever Oscar Hopeful

Magazine article Screen International

Kosovo Submits First Ever Oscar Hopeful

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Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt

Kosovo has picked its first ever candidate for the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award.

Isa Qosja's Three Windows And A Hanging received its world premiere in competition at Sarajevo Film Festival this year.

The territory was not able to submit a film for Oscar consideration until this year.

"When I started working as the director of the Kosovo Cinematography Centre in 2011, I sent a request to the Academy to accept a nomination from us," said Fatos Berisha, the former head of the KCC and current artistic director of Prishtina's PriFest.

"I received the answer that Kosovo was not eligible as it was not a member of the United Nations.

"However, I did some research and found out that there is no such regulation in the Academy's rules, and that five non-UN countries had submitted films in previous years. We started lobbying with some former Oscar winners, and the US Embassy in Prishtina."

In the meantime, young Kosovan film-maker Blerta Zeqiri's short film The Return won awards at Sundance and Hamptons International Film Festival in 2012, which automatically made it eligible for an Oscar nomination. …

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