THE LONG GOODBYE has been shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film

THE LONG GOODBYE has been shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film

On the December 21st, it was announced by the Academy that THE LONG GOODBYE directed/co-written by Aneil Karia, and co-written/starring Riz Ahmed, was shortlisted for a 2022 Academy Award®️. This timely film was created as a wakeup call against rising intolerance.

Academy Award nominee Riz Ahmed shares “Can’t explain how much it means to have The Long Goodbye shortlisted for the Oscars. Thank you to the Academy voters and everyone who has supported this film. Aneil and I made this from the heart, it’s amazing to see how it’s connected with other people. I hope it continues to spread, and that it’s a wakeup call and that the world gets to see what a phenomenal filmmaker Aneil Karia is”.

ANEIL “The Long Goodbye getting shortlisted for the Oscars means the world to me. I’m so grateful to the Academy voters for giving this film – that came from such a personal and urgent place – this kind of recognition. Thank You” 

THE LONG GOODBYE is screening on YouTube

In the film, Riz and his family are in the middle of preparing a wedding celebration when the events unfolding in the outside world arrive suddenly on their doorstep. The result is a visceral feat of filmmaking, and a poignant poetic cry from the heart.

Aneil Karia’s THE LONG GOODBYE takes us on a journey that is both intimate and devastating. The 11-minute short film is an unflinching look at what may lie ahead for us in these increasingly intolerant times, and what is unfolding for minorities as we speak in many countries around the world.

This live action short film has been blazing through the festival circuit taking home two Oscar-qualifying awards, one at the prestigious Hollyshorts in Los Angeles – as well as winning Best Short at the British Independent Film Awards and the Cannes Lion. Its impact has reached far beyond screens – it was mentioned in British Parliament as “required viewing” shortly after its release. Aneil Karia’s whose debut feature ‘SURGE’ won a Jury prize at the Sundance Festival, and he is a rising star of British Independent Film.

Just some of the prestigious international film festivals the film has been selected for include The London Critics Circle Awards 2021 where it won the Best British/Irish Short Film, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Cannes 2021 where it won a Gold Lion and two Silver Lions, Rhode Island and many more. This powerful short also screened at BFI Southbank as part of a season curated by the Tape Collective.

THE LONG GOODBYE’s bold, immersive cinematography is credited to by Stuart Bentley (Humans, I Am). The film was made in collaboration with WePresent, the digital arts platform of WeTransfer.

British Director Aneil Karia began his career directing several award-winning shorts, including BEAT starring Ben Whishaw, and his Film 4 financed short WORK which was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA. His credits include TOP BOY, Channel 4’s PURE and Kano’s TROUBLE.

Aneil Karia’s whose debut feature ‘SURGE’ won a Jury prize at the Sundance Festival, and he is a rising star of British Independent Film. The film was produced by Rooks Nest and was released this year. Most recently, he directed TEARDROPS for Kano.

Award-winning actor, writer, producer, musician, and activist Riz Ahmed is an Emmy Award winner for his lead performance in HBO’s THE NIGHT OF. He is also an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG nominee for his lead performance in SOUND OF METAL, a film which saw him win the National Board of Review and the IFP Gotham Awards for Best Actor, as well as being recognised as Best Actor by more than fourteen leading critics groups – the most “Best Actor” awards of 2021, to date.  He is the first Muslim to be nominated for lead actor at the Oscars, and the first to win a lead acting Emmy. MOGUL MOWGLI marked Ahmed’s production company Left Handed Films’ feature film debut. Co-written, starring and produced by Ahmed and directed by Bassam Tariq, the film was nominated for a 2021 BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film. Next up, Ahmed can be seen opposite Octavia Spencer in Amazon Studios’ psychological thriller ENCOUNTER, directed by BAFTA-winning UK filmmaker Michael Pearce (Beast).

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