'On the Job: The Missing 8' selected as PH entry to Oscars

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — Erik Matti's crime thriller "On the Job: The Missing 8" has been selected as the country's entry for Best International Feature at the 95th Academy Awards, the Film Development Council of the Philippines announced Friday.

The 3-hour and 28-minute sequel to 2016's "On the Job" revolves around a corrupt journalist seeking justice for his colleagues.

"On the Job: The Missing 8" made its world premiere--and was the only Southeast Asian entry in the main competition of the prestigious 78th Venice Film Festival, where lead actor John Arcilla bagged the Volpi Cup for Best Actor award.

The HBO Asia Originals miniseries based on the two films had also been nominated for Best TV Movie/Mini-Series at the 50th International Emmy Awards.

The Philippines has been submitting entries to the Academy Awards since 1953, but no Filipino film has ever been nominated for an Oscar.