The film is the feature debut of writer-director-editor Hannah Espia.
The Oscar selection was made by the Film Academy of the Philippines and a committee headed by Peque Gallaga. The committee admitted that “Transit” was a late contender as it only began its commercial release a week ago. Local reports say the committee votes were tied between three films – “Transit,” Erik Matti’s “On the Job” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” — requiring Gallaga to exercise a decisive vote.
The film will next play at the Busan festival.
The Philippines has regularly offered films for the foreign-language category, but none has ever been nominated.