Saturday, August 04, 2018

91st Academy Awards Foreign Language Film Submissions

First time since this blog started that I'm late with foreign language films submissions to 2019 Oscars but as some of you already know, traveled to another city in another country and another continent! So there where many changes and none benefit me paying necessary attention to the blog.

On top, by the end of the month I'm going to a new city again, but best news is my hope to have more time to do what I like most, thinking/talking about great cinema.  Will not skip doing the post that speaks about some of the best of World Cinema, but maybe will be slow to do all the task intensive work to find news and announcements from countries. Sigh.

As we know since last year when they change their selection procedure, the first country to announce its submission is Switzerland as does it at Locarno fest, but seems this year there were two countries that took the lead, Belarus and Romania. So the race started earlier.

As in previous years there will be links to sources via Pinterest, but will be in the original language, my suggestion is to use Chrome for the easiest auto-translation.

Submission to AMPAS deadline is Monday, October 1st, 2018 @5:00pm PT. Female directors are in Blue.

Belarus: Хрусталь Khrustal (Crystal Swan), Darya Zhuk (2018 Karlovy Vary)

Estonia: Võta või jäta (Take It or Leave It), Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo

Romania: Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians), Radu Jude (Crystal Globe winner 2018 Karlovy Vary)

Slovakia: Tlmočník (The Interpreter), Martin Šulíka (2018 Berlinale)
Switzerland: Eldorado, Markus Imhoof (2018 Berlinale) (documentary)

Turkey: Ahlat Ağacı (The Wild Pear Tree), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2018 Cannes)

Check info and available trailers @MOC
Check film posters here


Canada: Submissions deadline was June 30, 2018. Selection announcement in September.
Chile: Submissions deadline August 14 
Colombia: Shortlist with 4 films: Pajaros de Verano (Birds of Passage) by Cristina Gallego and Giro Guerra,  Matar a Jesus (Killing Jesus) by Laura Mora Ortega, Señorita María, la falda de la montaña by Ruben Mendoza, and Somos Calentura by Jorge Navas. Selection on September 7th, 2018
Costa Rica: Submissions deadline September 1st

Georgia: 6 films in consideration.  Selection late August.

Israel: Selection is Ophir Best Picture Award winner, announcement on September 6th.
Italy: Submissions deadline Thursday, September 13

Kosovo: Submissions deadline August 15.

Lithuania: Submission deadline August 10, selection on August 24.

Netherlands: 9 films signed. Selection at the beginning of September.

Pakistan: Submission deadline is August 20, 2018.
Paraguay: Voting on September 10, 2018
Peru: Submission deadline is August 28, 2018

Serbia: Four films in consideration. Selection announcement after September 5.
South Africa: Closing date for submissions is August 29, 2018
Spain: Shortlist with 3 films: Handia (The Giant) by Aitor Arregi and John Garaño, Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows) by Asghar Farhadi, and Campeones (Champions) by Javier Fesser.  Selection on September 6.

Ukraine: Six films registered to be considered. Selection will be announced on August 29
Uruguay: Selection September 13, 2018.

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