Namibia Is Now Eligible To Win An Oscar

A 7-member committee of Namibian creatives and cinephiles got the green light to approve and submit Namibian films to the Oscars.

This comes after the Academy Awards (Oscars) approved a Namibia International Feature Film Awards Selection Committee.

Easily one of the most coveted movie awards, and glamorous events in Hollywood and the global entertainment calendar, the Oscars, has until now remained ostensibly out of the grasp of the Namibian film industry.

Composed of a diverse group of Namibians, Obed Emvula heads the Namibian Oscars Selection Conunittee as chairperson. Other members include Bridget Pickering, Tim Huebschle, Marinda Stein, Abius Akwaake, Richard Pakleppa, and Linda de Jager.

“What emphasizes this promise of a global award for Namibia is evident in our resolve to tell unique stories that reveal our unique realities,” says Emvula. “This is why we will not take this humbling opportunity to give a platform to credible Namibian films at the Oscars for granted.”

The committee will call for Namibian entries ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony which will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on March 27, 2022.

This opens up an opportunity to all Namibians with eligible and qualifying films to submit without a submission fee charged.