NEWYORK, August 5, 2016 - OppenheimerFunds and the Financial Times today announced the finalists for the 2016 FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards. For the second year, artists from emerging-market nations were chosen in the categories of art, fiction and film. The finalists in each category were chosen from longlists of 10 entrants in each category, who in turn were selected from 797 entries from 64 emerging-market countries.

“It was an exciting experience to be a part of the judging process for the second year in a row,” said Michael Skapinker, associate editor of the Financial Times and chair of the judges. “It was an honour for me and our panel of judges to have the opportunity to examine the work of these gifted artists and we are thrilled now to be able to share that talent.”

The winners in each category will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on September 26 in New York City. All shortlisted artists will be invited to attend and winners will receive a $40,000 award. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $5,000 award.

“The quality of submissions we receive each year from emerging artists around the world is truly stunning,” said Justin Leverenz, Director of Emerging Markets Equities at OppenheimerFunds and Founder of the Emerging Voices Awards. “In our day to day work we look to identify undiscovered opportunities as part of our Emerging Markets investment philosophy. What a pleasure it has been to discover such incredible artistic talent and to have created a platform to showcase it on a global stage.”

The panel of judges for each of the three categories reviewed the submissions to find the artists whose work best demonstrates outstanding talent and exemplifies their art form and the voice of their region.

Fiction Finalists:

  • The Seventh Day by Yu Hua, Pantheon Books, China
  • Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, Verso Books, Indonesia
  • The Four Books by Yan Lianke, Chatto & Windus, China

Film Finalists:

  • Solon by Clarissa Campolina, Brazil
  • Olia by Tania Cattebeke, Paraguay
  • Impressions of War by Camilo Restrepo, Colombia

Art Finalists:

  • Noor Abuarafeh, Jordan
  • Syowia Kyambi, Kenya
  • Gareth Nyandoro, Zimbabwe

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