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Oscar® win for Tsotsi

You saw it here first! Last August EIFF screened the world premiere of an unknown South African film named Tsotsi. It was clear that this gritty, poignant story was making an enormous impression on b...

You saw it here first!

Last August EIFF screened the world premiere of an unknown South African film named Tsotsi. It was clear that this gritty, poignant story was making an enormous impression on both industry and public viewers, as any remaining tickets for the subsequent screenings were considered hot property.

Tsotsi went on to win the 2005 Standard Life Audience Award and was soon branded 'the one to watch' – a tag that helped shoot it towards Oscar® glory, winning the much-coveted statuette for best foreign language film at Sunday night's ceremony.

South African director Gavin Hood is keenly aware of the part that Edinburgh International Film Festival played in exposing Tsotsi to a worldwide audience; the film was first spotted here by Daniel Battsek now President of Miramax and he was able to be ahead of the game in terms of the bidding war that ensued at the Toronto Film Festival which follows hot on Edinburgh's heels, thus securing the title for US distribution.

Tsotsi was not the only Edinburgh link in Hollywood on Sunday night, with a total of five past EIFF films being nominated for Academy Awards in various categories:

Amy Adams
Best Supporting Actress for Junebug
EIFF UK Premiere in 2005

Badgered
Best Animated Short Film EIFF UK Premiere in 2005

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
Best Animated Short Film EIFF UK Premiere in 2005

The Last Farm
Best Live Action Short Film EIFF World Premiere in 2004

Tsotsi
Best Foreign Language Film
EIFF World Premiere in 2005
On general release in the UK on 17th March.

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