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Animated Czech film shortlisted for Oscar award

Local director is the only from the CEE region to be considered for the prestigious award.


PRAGUE – The Czech animated black comedy Happy End has been shortlisted for inclusion onto a list of ten short animated films that will be considered for an Oscar award, the American Film Academy announced on its websiite this week.

Directed by local screenwriter Jan Saska, 30, the black-and-white film was produced by the FAMU film school as the director’s graduation film project. It is the only film from Central and Eastern Europe to be shortlisted.

“Of course it’s good news, I learned of it last night. We knew that we were in the first seventies, but progress that has us closed in the dozens pleases us,” he told ČTK.

Saska’s film was shortlisted from a list of 69 works selected for the competition.

The six minute comedy is no stranger to winning awards after capturing the crown at the Czech Anifilm Festival in May. It was also shown in the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. The Oscar awards will be held in glorious Hollywood in February, with the nominees to be announced on January 24.

You can check out a short clip below.


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