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Wiesbaden, January 19, 2016

Two films of exground filmfest 28 nominated for the Academy Awards

Festival edition 2016 in planning: Country in Focus Iran // Call for Entries

At the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on February 28, 2016 two films, shown in November 2015 at exground filmfest, compete for the Oscars in Los Angeles: the French-Turkish-German coproduction MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and the Colombian-Venezuelan-Argentinian coproduction EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT by Ciro Guerra are nominated for the Academy Award as best foreign language film. The exground filmfest team congratulates the nominees and keeps their fingers crossed for one of the two countries taking the Oscar home.

The sensitive drama on five freedom-loving sisters growing up in the oppressive, patriarchal society of a Turkish village, opened the youth days of exground filmfest in November 2015; MUSTANG, competing for France at the Academy Awards, also won the main award of exground youth days – International Youthfilm Competition, endowed with 2,500 EUR. Colombia's Oscar entry EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT was shown in exground filmfest's section International; the shamanic adventure drama with its magical visuals set at the Amazon river was one of the audience favorites at exground filmfest 28.

The organizing team, however, is looking ahead to exground filmfest's 29th edition. November 11 – 20, 2016 the current highlights of independently produced short and feature length film will be shown in the state capital of Wiesbaden. Once again all in all 200 films will be shown at exground filmfest 29. This year's country in focus program is dedicated to the latest productions from Iran, traditionally distinguished by its very own visual language.

Apart from the sections American Independents, Made in Germany, International, Short films and Country in Focus Iran exground filmfest presents a number of competitions, endowed with cash and non-cash awards of more than 17,500 EUR.

Deadline for film entries is July 1, 2016. The entry forms can be downloaded from the homepage starting teh end of January. Filmmakers can also enter and upload their films on Detailed information on entering films in German and English in the entry form. Further questions will be answered at

exground filmfest is sponsored by the state capital of Wiesbaden, Hesse Film and Media and Hessian State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts.

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