Bad Hunter, a short film by Belgian-Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa, is one of 10 films shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live Action Short. The five nominees will be announced on January 14, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for February 28.

Bad HunterMembers of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Bad Hunter out of 144 qualifying shorts. Sahim Omar Kalifa’s film tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz. Every day, he goes to the mountains to hunt, although he catches very little. But one day, something happens that will change his life forever. The film has already won several prizes, including the Jury Award for Best Short Film in Montreal and the Silver Spike in Valladolid, followed by the Jury Prize in Dubai and the Special Jury Award at Australia’s Flickerfest.

It is the third short film directed by Kalifa. His Land of the Heroes (2011) won over 20 awards worldwide, including the Generation Kplus Award in Berlin, while its successor Baghdad Messi (2013) was invited to more than 150 festivals and won some 50 prizes. Last year, Baghdad Messi was also shortlisted for the Oscars.

Kalifa is currently developing his debut feature Zagros, which is being produced by Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem of A Private View (Moscow, Belgium, Oxygen). The Ghent-based production company also produced Bad Hunter and was previously involved in Tanghi Argentini and Na Wéwé, two Oscar-nominated shorts.

Bad Hunter, Baghdad Messi and Land of the Heroes received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 23 November 2015

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