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Made in Ash is the Slovak National Nomination for Oscar 2012 for the Best Foreign Language Film, The Last Bus qualifies for the short animation category

The Slovak Film and Television Academy decided to nominate the film MADE IN ASH (orig. Až do mesta Aš) by Iveta Grófová as the Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Awards, also known as the Oscars

SFTA members selected the film from among 10 titles eligible for the nomination according to the criteria of the AMPAS - a feature-length film, with a public premiere between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, theatrically distributed, the submitting coutry having the predominant number of authors and the original language being other than English:

Lóve (by J. Kroner)
Trou de Fer – Železná diera (by P. Barabáš)
Immortalitas (by E. Bošňák)
Zlo (by P. Bebjak)
eŠteBák (by J. Nvota)
Anjeli (by R. Šveda)
Tigre v meste (by J. Krasnohorský)
Tanec medzi črepinami (by M. Ťapák)
Zvonky šťastia (by J. Bučka, M. Šulík)
Až do mesta Aš (by I. Grófová)
• vote for not nominating a film

The Czech Film and Television Academy selected the David Ondříček newest film In the Shadow (Ve stínu, CZ, PL, SK, IL, 2012) as the Czech national nomination in the same category.

The short film The Last Bus (dir. Ivana Laučíková & Martin Snopek, 2011) will be also competing for the golden statue. As the film received the Grand Prix awards at the prestigious festivals of short films in Tampere and animation film in Stuttgart, it qualified for the short animation category at the Oscars. Slovakia will be represented in the category for the first time, however a Slovak animation film was presented for the competition in 2000, the director Michal Struss was nominated for a Student Oscar for his film In the Box.  

MADE IN ASH (Až do mesta Aš)
SK/CZ - 80 min. - 2012 - fiction



Iveta Grófová




Dorota Billá, Silvia Halušicová, Robin Horký




Protos Productions (SK), endorfilm (CZ), Punkchart films (SK), Česká televize (CZ), Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (SK), atelier.doc (SK), partizanfilm (SK), Hulapa film (SK)


world premiere:


47. Karlovy Vary IFF


domestic distribution premiere:


13. 09. 2012


After graduating from high school, Dorotka leaves her native Slovakia to find work in the Czech border town of Aš. Upon arriving, she is immediately confronted with a world of jaded seamstresses all waiting for the arrival of their German princes. The film authentically depicts the mundane surroundings that Dorotka quickly becomesa part of and also reflects the girls’ motives towards making harsh life altering decisions, which can seem immoral when looked at simply from the surface.

contact: Protos Productions / Barbara Kipsová
+421 2 4446 2747
endorfilm / Jiří Konečný
+420 602 358 373
festivals: OutCome / Uta Gildhuis
+420 606 726 737



IVETA GRÓFOVÁ (1980, Trenčín, SK)

Graduated from the Faculty of Animated Film (2004) and the Faculty of Documentary Film (2009) at the Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts. Directed short documentary At Least (2003), The Politics of Quality (2005), Goodbye Party (2005), Guest Workers (2007) and the short animation There Was 11 of Us (2004). Made in Ash is her debut fiction feature.



2012: Made in Ash

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published: 19.09.2012
updated: 26.09.2012