Films from Poland, Estonia and Slovenia on 2023 Oscar Shortlists

    Steakhouse by Špela Čadež Steakhouse by Špela Čadež credit: Finta

    LOS ANGELES: Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO has been included in the International Feature Film shortlist, while Sierra by Sander Joon and Steakhouse by Špela Čadež have been included in the Animated Short Film shortlist at the 2023 Oscars.

    Films from 92 countries and regions were eligible for the International Feature Film category, whose shortlist has 15 titles. A total of 81 films qualified for the Animated Short Film category, of which 15 made it to the shortlist.

    The Polish/Italian coproduction EO had its world premiere in Cannes’ Competition, where it won the Jury Prize ex-aequo.

    Sierra has won at AFI Fest (San Francisco) and Palm Springs ShortFest, alongside over 40 other awards in other festivals.

    Steakhouse premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won a Special Mention. The film is a coproduction between Slovenia, Germany and France.

    Among the films shortlisted in the International Feature Film Category there is also Return to Seoul by Davy Chou, which was partly shot in Romania. This coproduction between France, Germany, Belgium and Cambodia was serviced in Romania by Visual Walkabout, a new Romanian production company founded by Diana Păroiu, who also is the executive producer of the film.

    The Academy’s shortlists were announced on 21 December 2022 and the nominees will be known on 24 January 2023. The 95th Academy Awards will be held on 12 March 2023.


    EO by Jerzy Skolimowski, photo: Warmia Masuria Film FundEO (Poland, Italy)
    Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
    Produced by Skopia Film
    Coproduced by Alia Film
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Subcarpathian Regional Film Fund, the Warmia-Masuria Film Fund

    Sierra (Estonia)
    Directed by Sander Joon
    Produced by BOP! Animation, AAA Creative

    Steakhouse (Slovenia, Germany, France)
    Directed by Špela Čadež
    Produced by Finta Film
    Coproduced by RTV Slovenia, Fabian & Fred, Miyu Distribution
    Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig‑Holstein, Pictanovo, images en Hauts-de-France, Re-Act, Filmförderungsanstalt - FFA, Filmförderungsanstalt – FFA, ZDF/Arte Public Broadcaster