Indian director Shubhashish Bhutiani’s short film “Kush” has been selected by the Academy in the short-list of 10 live-action shorts that will advance in the Oscar race.

Three or five films out of these 10 films will be selected for Oscar nomination by the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members. The 25-minute film, stars Sonika Chopra, Shayaan Sameer and Anil Sharma. It has been produced by Shubhashish’s father Sanjay Bhutiani through their Red Carpet Moving Pictures banner.

Shubhashish made the film, inspired by a true story that his teacher told him, for his graduation project at New York’s School of Visual Arts. An excited Shubhashish said the news was yet to sink and his focus now was to take the movie to as many people as possible.

“It’s still not setting in. This is the product of the hard work of a lot of people who have supported Kush , and it’s amazing that our film has connected with people across the globe! This is an amazing moment but we hope we can go all the way,” Shubhashish, who is currently in Italy, told PTI.