The drama 'Song of Granite' by Pat Collins, about the life of folk singer Joe Heaney, which was Ireland's selection for best foreign-language film at the 2018 Academy Awards, will be screened in the International Competition category of this year's Fajr International Film Festival (FIff).
Motion picture academy turned on the website on Tuesday (Feb 20) to allow its 7,258 members to cast votes for the Oscars online. And it put paper ballots into the post at the end of last week for members who requested to fill them in by hand. This marks the last year of that old-fashioned method of voting being used. Going forward, balloting will only be done electronically.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences approved 26 animation feature submissions for the 90th Oscar race. An animation about Iran 'Window Horses the Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming', written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming, is among the first lineup.
A graphic novel about the history of Singapore stirred controversy before its publication, with a senior official in the city-state once warning that it could, "potentially undermine the authority of legitimacy of the government and its public institutions."
Next year's 90th Academy Awards will be held on March 4. The show will return to February in 2019 to be held on Feb. 24. In 2020, the ceremony is set for Feb. 23. It will take place on Feb. 28 the following year.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman commended the prominent Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and the cast and crew of his film 'The Salesman' for winning the 2017 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.