I Am Not A Witch picked as UK's foreign-language Oscar entry

Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature has been selected as the UK’s entry for best foreign-language film at the 2019 Academy Awards.

Funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales, I Am Not a Witch was written and directed by Welsh-Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni and produced by Emily Morgan. The film won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at this year’s BAFTA awards.

I Am Not a Witch revolves around a nine-year-old girl – Shula - who is accused of being a witch. As she navigates through her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom.

It premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2017, and was selected for the Toronto, London and Sundance film festivals.

The Clandestine Films and Soda Pictures production was released in the UK by Curzon Artificial Eye in October 2017. It was backed by Ffilm Cymru Wales, the BFI Film Fund, Film4, the CNC’s Cinémas du Monde, the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund, Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund and Locarno’s Vision Sud Est Development Fund.