SHOK - A FILM BY JAMIE DONOUGHUE NOMINATED FOR BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT OSCAR®
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SHOK – A FILM BY JAMIE DONOUGHUE NOMINATED FOR BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT OSCAR®

FIRST TIME NOMINATION FOR ACADEMY AWARD® FOR FILM FROM KOSOVO (UK/KOSOVO CO-PRODUCTION)

January 14, 2016 – The award winning short film, SHOK – A FILM BY JAMIE DONOUGHUE, was just announced as a nominee for Best Live Action Short Oscar® for the 88th Academy Awards. The director, Jamie Donoughue and his producers, writers and cast are currently in Kosvovo this morning celebrating with everyone on this amazing accomplishment. For Kosovo, this makes the first time a film from this country has been nominated for an Oscar®.

“Being nominated for an Oscar® is an incredible experience,” said an ecstatic first time Oscar® nominee Jamie Donoughue. “It is fantastic for the cast, crew and most importantly the people of Kosovo, as this is the first time this country has had a film that has been nominated. We look forward to representing SHOK at the Academy Awards®!”

Donoughue is a UK filmmaker and this marks his first nomination. As a co-production between the UK and Kosovo, this is the first film nominated for an Oscar® from Kosovo. One of the producers is popular Kosovo actor Eshref Durmishi who also stars in the film.

SHOK tells the story of the friendship of two boys whose relationship is tested to its limits, as they battle for survival during the Kosovo War. Based on true events, SHOK is set during the escalation of the Kosovo War when the country was occupied by Serbia. Two young Kosovan boys, Petrit and Oki, are best friends. After Oki buys a bike, Petrit is desperate to have one of his own. Ever the businessman, Petrit finds a way to raise money for his bike by selling cigarette papers to the occupying Serbian troops. However with tensions and violence escalating in the country, many see this interaction with the Serbian troops as traitorous.

Building a steady network of clients and contacts, Petrit drags Oki into ever more dangerous situations until their lives are put at risk. Oki’s bicycle is taken away by a soldier and given to a Serbian boy instead. Their school bus is overtaken by soldiers and banned Kosovan books are found in Oki’s backpack. But Petrit steps in and takes a beating for his best friend. These escalating effects of war become even more intense for these boys and their families. And as their relationship is tested to the limits, they encounter the true intentions of the Serbians and learn the meaning of friendship.

The trailer for SHOK:  http://www.shokshortfilm.com/trailer/

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