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‘Nachom-ia’ makes entry for Oscars, Konkani creates history


‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’, a national award winning Konkani film by Bardroy Barreto, has made its entry for the Oscar awards, making the world of Konkani proud once again.

This is one among the three Indian films that have been listed in the ‘Reminder List of Productions for the 88th Academy Awards’ 2016 for eligible releases.

The second Indian film is ‘Hemalkasa’ in Marathi, which was earlier released as Prakash Baba Amte.

 ‘Jalam’, a Malayalam film by M Padmakumar, is also included in the list that has been released on the official website of Academy Awards.  

‘Court,’ the official entry of the Government of India of the exemplary Marathi film, does not figure anywhere in the list.

Since Nachom-ia Kumpasar was not selected by the Government of India for Oscar, the producers had sent its entry privately.

It has been now shortlisted among 309 films chosen from all over the world in different languages.

“We had sent our entry in two categories –the Background Music and Foreign Film. We don’t know which category we are chosen for”, Barreto told

He is overjoyed that a Konkani film has been made at the Oscars for the first time in the film history of Konkani cinema.

Nachom-ia Kumpasar as well as two other films in Marathi and Malayalam were not even considered by Government of India while choosing its official entry for Oscar.

‘Court’ was selected by beating Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’, Neeraj Ghyaywan’s Cannes winner ‘Masaan’, Omung Kumar’s ‘Mary Kom’, Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’, M. Manikandan’s ‘Kaaka Muttai’ and SS Rajamouli’s ‘Bahubali’.

“But we expect government support now to push our film through the tough selection process it has to go through. It’s beyond our reach”, said Barreto, who created yet another history by making a film through crowd funding.

In case it is selected in the foreign film category, it would be watched by a special screening committee made up of members from all branches, to select the films for nominations.

However, in general category, almost 6000 members would select the films to be nominated.

Nachom-ia Kumpasar, till date, has won seven awards at different international film festivals and three national awards.

National Awards:

Best Konkani film

Best Production Design in open category

Special mention by Jury for Acting (Female) – Palomi Ghosh

International Awards:

London International Film Festival: Audience choice for Best Film.

Brasov International Film Festival, Romania: Best Film.

Milan International Film Festival, Italy: Best Music and Best Sound Design (open category) and Best Director (Foreign Film).

Global Music Award Silver Medal: Best Music and Best Background Score.

Official Selections:

Melbourne Indian Film Festival

Mexico Cinefest

Chicago South Asian Film Festival

Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Mumbai Moving Images Festival ( MAMI)

All Lights International Film Festival, Kochi

International Film Festival of India( IFFI)

Bahamas International Film Festival

Honolulu South Asian Film Festival (Jan - Feb, 2016)

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Total Comments :10

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What is the film about... Shall I get a DVD.....

Abhilash , Kodungallur

YES IT IS TRUE ! ! ! It is SHORT LISTED in the ORIGINAL SCORE Category of the 88th Academy Awards for 2015. Nominations will be declared on January 14, 2016 for the Awards Presentation to be held on February 28, 2016. One can check that out on the Academy Website for the News item dated Dec 16, 2015. I suggest those net savvy can post their comments on the Official Website. Proud moment for Goa, Goans and Konkani ! PORBIM ! XABASKI ! CONGRATS & DEV BOREM KORUM Bardroy Barreto and Team ! YOU HAVE MADE GOANS PROUD ! THE BEST ! GOD BLESS !

Fr. Anthony Fernandes , Altinho, Panjim

All the best

Ambrosio , Goa

False news. Any film can unofficialy send entry. There are five Indian movies but they r not competing for best film but technical awards

Smitha , Mumbai

The best movie of the year.

Brian and Lucretia D'SOUZA , Perth Australia

Honour for Goa n Goans ...Bardroy Goa is proud of you

One more salute to our Bardroy..honour for Goa n all Goans , Solano Cardoz

This is misleading. Oscar nomination list is not out yet. And India's official entry is the move 'court'. I really don't know what Goanews is talking about. There is no mention of this film on academy (Oscar) website.

Jeromme , Goa

Nacho-ia kumpasar is one of best konkani movie based on true story

Movie picturised by her own songs

Lurdis Fernandes , Dubai

Lovely film

Rajan Michael , Navi Mumbai


Can you provide the original link for this list?

Nominations will be announced in January 2016.

Jhkl , goa