The After automatically clinches a spot on the 19th annual Oscars nominations list as a result of this award.
By Hope Ibiale
Nigerian-born British photographer and filmmaker, Misan Harriman’s film, The After, has won the Best Live Action Award at the 2023 Hollyshorts Film Festival. The After automatically clinches a spot on the 19th annual Oscars nominations list as a result of this award.
While sharing the news on his Twitter (now X) page, Harriman said, “I cannot believe I am even typing this, but we won, we WON!! And in doing so, we have qualified for the Oscars. This festival had six thousand submissions, 400 entries, and just a few Oscar qualifying spots! Surreal. I want to thank the whole team behind this film. We all poured our souls into this. Thank you to the @HollyShorts team and Jury. Wow! Let’s see what else fate has in store for us.”
Written and directed by Harriman and John Julius Schwabach, The After follows the story of Dayo (David Oyeleke), who struggles to pick up the pieces of his life after he loses someone close to him. The film stars David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer, Sule Rimi, Amelie Dokubo, Ravi Singh, and more.
Harriman is a Nigerian-born British photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and social activist. Harriman is also the first Black man to shoot a cover for British Vogue magazine. In addition to being an award-winning photographer, Harriman serves as the chairman of the Southbank Centre in London.
The HollyShorts Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Aside from amplifying the works of nominated filmmakers, the festival also hosts diverse talents in the film industry at networking events, panel sessions, and many others. The 2023 edition of the film festival was held in Switzerland, from August 2-12, 2023.
Check the full list of winners here.