Armenian Film ‘Amerikatsi’ Shortlisted for the Oscars, Marks a Milestone

Dec 22 2023

In an unprecedented achievement, an Armenian film, ‘Amerikatsi’, has reached the Oscars shortlist, marking a significant milestone for the Armenian film industry. Directed by Michael Gurbanian, the film is among the 15 international feature films selected for the shortlist, as announced by the National Cinema Center of Armenia.

This is the first instance an Armenian film has been shortlisted for an Oscar, creating a historic moment for Armenian film production. ‘Amerikatsi’, produced by Arman Nshanyan and directed by Michael Gurbanian, competes in the Best International Feature Film category. The producer, Arman Nshanyan, exuded confidence in the film’s universal narrative and expressed his expectation of success. Today, he considers this achievement a victory.

The shortlist for the Best International Feature Film Oscar nomination includes 15 films from diverse countries. This year, the list features unexpected entries and a few surprises, including debut inclusions from Armenia and Ukraine. Other countries on the shortlist comprise Bhutan, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.

The Academy has announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 96th Oscars scheduled for March 2024. The International Feature Film category sees ‘Amerikatsi’ as Armenia’s maiden entry. The category features 15 films, with 167 eligible films in total. The nominations are voted for by the members of the documentary branch, determining both the shortlist and the nominees. Nominations will be announced on January 23, 2024, with the Oscars taking place on March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. The other categories include Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music Original Score, Music Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound, and Visual Effects.