'Birdshot' is PH entry to 2018 Academy Awards

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Posted at Sep 26 2017 02:53 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2017 09:11 PM

MANILA – (UPDATED) “Birdshot,” a film by 24-year old director Mikhail Red, will be the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2018 Academy Awards.

The good news was announced on the film's Facebook page on Tuesday.

No Filipino film has ever been nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category.

According to its official page, the movie tells the story of a young woman who wanders into the boundaries of a reservation forest and mistakenly shoots and kills a critically endangered and protected Philippine Eagle. 

Local authorities then begin to track down the poacher of a national bird, which leads them to an even more horrific discovery.

Starring John Arcilla, “Birdshot” won Best Picture at the Asian Future Film Competition of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. It was also the opening film of this year's Cinemalaya Filmfest. 

It was released commercially in the Philippines run as part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

Read our review of “Birdshot” here

According to a report on Variety, a specially formed committee within the Film Academy of the Philippines was evenly split between “Birdshot” and Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 best picture winner “Sunday Beauty Queen.” It was Jose N. Carreon as chairman who cast the deciding vote, it said.

Apart from “Sunday Beauty Queen,” the other movies that were considered include “Die Beautiful,” “1st SEM,” “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo,” “Kita Kita,” “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B,” “Patay na si Hesus,” and “Triptiko,” Variety said.