Theeb: First-Time Foreign Language Oscar Nominee from Jordan

Representing Jordan, Theeb, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category.

A recipient of SANAD’s development and post-production grants, Theeb, was one out of seven Arab films considered for the 88th Academy Awards.  Three of these films, including Theeb, were funded by SANAD, Abu Dhabi’s film fund powered by twofour54.

Theeb, by Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar, was selected along with four international projects from Denmark, Hungary, France, and Columbia, out of 82 films originally submitted to the Oscars’s foreign film category.

The nomination comes as testament to the impact Arab filmmakers are making in the international film industry and to SANAD’s success in supporting Arab talent to advance to high calibre events such as the Oscars.

Theeb has won more than 25 awards worldwide since its world premiere at Venice Film festival and its Arab premiere at Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2014. The film has also received nominations for two BAFTA awards under the Best Film Not in the English Language category and the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category.