Scots documentary in running for Oscar nomination

A SCOTS documentary has earned itself a chance to be nominated for an Oscar.

The Perfect Fit, directed by Tali Yankelevich, is included in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ eight contenders in the Documentary (short subject) category, from which between three and five will receive a nomination.

Say producers, the Scottish Documentary Institute: “The Perfect Fit looks at professional ballet through the eyes of a shoemaker who pounds his soul out making each pair perfect, trying to ease the burden on the dancers’ feet. Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland invested in this film made by SDI Productions and Teebster.”

Add the SDI: “The film was produced as part of the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme which enables young talent to break into the industry. SDI Productions is based at the Edinburgh College of Art, and Tali Yankelevich is also a graduate of ECA.”

A SDI media release quotes Finlay Pretsell, the film’s producer, as saying: “This is brilliant news and a great recognition of how we’re bringing Scottish documentaries to the world. It’s a huge boost for Tali’s career. We know this is not a nomination yet, but we’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed.”

The nominations are to be announced on January 10.

The story is picked up today by Phil Miller, the arts correspondent on The Herald.