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‘Iti Mapukpukaw’, the Philippines’ entry for the 2024 Oscars, won the Cinemalaya competition.

    MANILA, Philippines — The 2023 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival winner “Iti Mapukpukaw (The Missing)” has been chosen by the Philippines as its official submission for the 2024 Academy Awards.

    The film made festival history by becoming the first animated full-length feature to compete and take home the Best Film award.

    In addition, “Iti Mapukpukaw” received a NETPAC Award, and one of its performers, Dolly de Leon, was named Best Supporting Actress.

    Carlo Aquino plays Eric, a mouthless animator in the rotoscope animated movie, who meets a well-known alien.

    Gio Gahol completes the core cast as Eric’s coworker crush Carlo, while De Leon plays Eric’s Ilocos-based mother Rosalinda.

    Carl Joseph Papa, the film’s director, and his crew will get P1 million from the Film Development Council of the Philippines as part of its Oscars Assistance Program in advance of its campaign.

    Papa and the producers will decide whether to try to submit “Iti Mapukpukaw” for consideration in other categories, even if it is the Philippine entry in the Best International Feature Film category.

    The Danish film “The Promised Land,” starring Mads Mikkelsen; the Japanese film “Perfect Days,” helmed by Wim Wenders; and the Spanish film “Society of the Snow,” helmed by J.A. Bayona, “20 Days in Mariupol,” a documentary from Ukraine, and “Concrete Utopia,” a film from South Korea.

    The Danish film “The Promised Land,” starring Mads Mikkelsen; the Japanese film “Perfect Days,” helmed by Wim Wenders; and the Spanish film “Society of the Snow,” helmed by J.A. Bayona, “20 Days in Mariupol,” a documentary from Ukraine, and “Concrete Utopia,” a film from South Korea.

    French officials chose to enter “The Pot-au-Feu” rather of the Palme d’Or winner “Anatomy of a Fall”; yet, Tran Anh Hung did win Best Director at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival for “The Pot-au-Feu.”

    Germany’s “All Quiet of the Western Front,” which also took home awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Cinematography, won Best International Feature Film last year. In addition to Best Picture, it was nominated in five other categories.

    Prior to the official nominee announcement on January 23, the shortlisted nominees will be published on December 21. On March 10, 2024, the 96th Academy Awards will take place.