It had been announced in December last year that the movie which was directed by Desmond Ovbiagele had been chosen by the Nigerian Oscars Committee in contention for the award which is scheduled for April 25, 2020.
The Milkmaid tells the story of a Fulani girl who goes on a mission to find her missing sister while confronting religious extremism in the country.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) disclosed the 15 films that made the shortlist in the IFF category, and The Milkmaid failed to make the cut.
Among the movies which made it to the next round are two from Africa. They are The Man Who Sold His Skin from Tunisia and Night of the Kings from Ivory Coast.
The 15 films that advanced to the next stage of voting are:
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Mole Agent (Chile)
Charlatan (Czech Republic)
Another Round (Denmark)
Two of Us (France)
La Llorona (Guatemala)
Better Days (Hong Kong)
Sun Children (Iran)
Night of the Kings (Ivory Coast)
I'm No Longer Here (Mexico)
Dear Comrades! (Russia)
A Sun (Taiwan)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)