PR-Foreign Films Sought For Oscars

According to “Marketing to Moviegoers” (Chapter 11- Foreign Films), about 90 films are accepted each year for Best Foreign Film. To winnow these submissions, motion picture academy members volunteer to sit on the Foreign Language Film Award Committee, which is divided into three equal groups that each screens one-third of the accepted films. After a caucus, five films are selected as nominee finalists for the category.

Press Release- June 22, 2007

95 Countries to Receive Foreign Language Film Entry Forms for 2007 Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed Foreign Language Film award entry forms to 95 countries, facilitating their submissions for the 80th Academy Awards®.

To qualify for the 2007 Awards, a film must be released in the submitting country between October 1, 2006, and September 30, 2007, and be publicly screened in 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital cinema format for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater.

The dialogue track must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required.

Entry forms and film prints must be received at the Academy by Monday, October 1, 2007. Only one picture will be accepted from each country.

In 2006 the German film “The Lives of Others” won the Oscar over a field of nominated films from Algeria, Canada, Denmark and Mexico.

Countries that have not received entry packets but are interested in submitting a film for consideration should contact Awards Coordinator Torene Svitil at (310) 247-3000, ext. 116, or via e-mail at

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.