“An Eye-Opener For Nollywood”- NOC Reacts To Disqualification of Lion Heart

Lion Heart

The news that Genevieve’s Nnaji’s Netflix movie, ‘Lion Heart’ was disqualified by the Oscars has stirred a lot of reactions.

Now the Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) have also said their piece on the controversy.

Recall that Lion Heart was disqualified from entering into the ‘International Feature Film’ category of the Oscars because it had too much English dialogue.

Speaking on the issue, Chineze Anyaene, the head of the committee said that this rejection should be an eye-opener for filmmakers in Nigeria.

She conceded that Nollywood has to cater to many people who speak different languages, but that they are also hard at work to create workshops in which people can learn more about the criteria for being considered as an International feature film.

Read what she wrote below:

“The budding Nigerian film industry is often faced with producing films with wide reach which often makes the recording dialogue predominantly English with non-English infusions in some cases. Going forward, the committee intends to submit films which are predominantly foreign language – non-English recording dialogue,” Anyaene said.

“We are therefore urging filmmakers to shoot with the intention of non-English recording dialogue as a key qualifying parameter to represent the country in the most prestigious award.

“The committee is working tirelessly in organizing workshops, seminars and using other available media to create robust awareness on the guidelines and requirements for an International Feature Film Entry.

“Lionheart passed on other technical requirements from the story, to sound and picture except for language as adjudged by the Academy screening matrix, which was a challenge for the committee at a time.  This is an eye-opener and a step forward into growing a better industry.”


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