Six Filmstiftung-backed films in the running to become the German Oscar candidate for 2017
- Toni Erdmann, The People Vs. Fritz Bauer, Look Who’s Back, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fog In August and At Eye Level
- An expert jury will make a decision about the candidate on 25 August
- Oscar ceremony on 26 February, 2017
Six of the eight films entering the race to become Germany’s candidate at the 2017 Oscar ceremony in the Best Foreign Language Film category were funded by the Filmstiftung NRW. They include „The People Vs. Fritz Bauer“ by Lars Kraume, „The Diary of Anne Frank“ by Hans Steinbichler“, „Toni Erdmann“ by Maren Ade as well as „Fog In August“ by Kai Wessel, „At Eye Level“ by Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf, and „Look Who’s Back“ by David Wnendt.
„That’s wonderful news in the middle of the summer holidays. Six of the eight candidates up for selection as the German Oscar entry were produced with funding from the Filmstiftung NRW“, says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. „We would like to congratulate the film teams on this first step on the way to the most important award for cinema and are eager to know who will finally make the mark with the expert jury. As always, it’ll be fingers crossed from now on!“
The other two films which were submitted are „Stefan Zweig – Farewell To Europe“ by Maria Schrader and „Power To Change – The Energy Rebellion“ by Carl-A. Fechner. Which film will eventually be the one to represent Germany for the Foreign Oscar will be decided by an independent jury convening at the instigation of German Films in Munich from 23 August, 2016. The annually appointed selection committee consists of representatives from eight different trade associations and institutions active in the field of cinema.
The nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on 24 January, 2017, with the awards ceremony following in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 26 February, 2017.