Mikhail Red's Birdshot Is the Philippines' Official Entry to the 2018 Oscars
Birdshot continues its winning streak.
(SPOT.ph) After wowing critics and audiences alike, Birdshot continues its winning streak all the way to the Oscars!
— Inq Entertainment (@InqEnt) September 25, 2017
According to a tweet from Inquirer Entertainment (who quoted the Film Academy of the Philippines' director general Leo Martinez), the acclaimed movie is the Philippines' official entry to the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category.
Countries from around the world select their entries (which often get screenings in international festivals), and as many as 90 films will be shortlisted to nine entries. The Academy will later announce a final five.
A report from IndieWire has already listed several other entries, including Cambodia's First
Birdshot centers on Maya, a young girl who accidentally shoots an endangered Philippine eagle and is suddenly embroiled in a dangerous manhunt with the local police. It's directed by 25-year-old Mikhail Red, who already took home a Best Film trophy for his movie at the 2017 Tokyo International Film Festival.
If you're interested in seeing the film, it's currently screening at Cinema '76 Film Society at just P150 a ticket.
UPDATE (September 26, 2017, 4:25 p.m.): In a statement, Red thanked the Film Academy of the Philippines, his "Birdshot family," and TBA Studios, saying, "I hope TBA Studios continues to encourage young storytellers to create uncompromising films. May they continue to pave the way to a bright future for Philippine Cinema." Birdshot is the studio's second film to be chosen: in 2014, the historical epic Heneral Luna was picked to represent the country in the 88th Academy Awards.