The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27, 2022.
El Gouna Film Festival has submitted 11 alumni films to compete in the Best International Film category at the 94th Academy Awards.
A shortlist of 15 finalists will be announced on December 21, with five nominees announced on February 8, 2022.
The film selected to represent Egypt is Ayten Amin’s Souad, which was part of CineGouna SpringBoard’s films in post-production selection during the second edition of GFF. Another Arab representation for Morocco is Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats, which was part of GFF’s fifth Feature Narrative Competition.
Also from GFF’s fifth Feature Narrative Competition and selected to represent Belgium is Laura Wandel’s Playground. Maya Vanderbeque received El Gouna Star for Best Actress, for her role in the film. White Building by Kavich Neang to represent Cambodia, Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s Clara Sola to represent Costa Rica, Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World to represent Norway and Compartment No. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen to represent Finland.
From GFF’s fifth Official Selection out of Competition, Unclenching the Fists by Kira Kovalenko is selected to represent Russia, I’m Your Man by Maria Schrader to represent Germany, and Jonas Poher Ramussen’s Flee to represent Denmark.
Last but not least, Oasis by Ivan Ikić is selected to represent Serbia. The film was part of the Feature Narrative Competition of the fourth edition of GFF, where it received a Special Jury Mention.