Wednesday, July 10, 2019

92nd Academy Awards International Feature Film Submissions

August 21, 2019 Update

As of this moment there are seven (7) nations with a submission to #Oscars2020 Best International Feature Film category.

From now on news will start to transform from drops into a flood of submissions as we all hope this year there will be as many films as in 2019 (87) if not more.

Submission to AMPAS deadline is by 5:00pm PST on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019.  Female directors are in BLUE and as every year include film credentials in major world film festivals.

So, why today?  The first country has made it's announcement and is none other than Algeria sending a first feature film that opened in Cannes 2019 Un Certain Regard.

As always if you wish to read submission announcement in the original language or in English in trade sites go to my pinterest here.

Algeria: بابيشة Papicha, Mounia Meddour, (#Cannes2019 Un Certain Regard)
Austria: Joy, Sudabeh Mortezai (#BiennaleCinema2018 Giornate degli Autori Label Europa Cinemas award winner and Hearst Film Award-Best Female Director award winner)

Belgium: Nuestras Madres (Our Mothers), César Díaz (#Cannes2019 Camera d'Or and Semaine de la Critique SACD Awardwinner)
Bolivia: Tu me manques, Rodrigo Bellott 
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sin (The Son), Ines Tanović (2019 Sarajevo opening film)
Brazil: A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão (The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão), Karim Aïnouz (#Cannes2019 Un Certain Regard Award winner)
Bulgaria: Áга (Aga), Milko Lazarov (2018 Sarajevo Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film award winner)

Cambodia: តន្ត្រី​ជីវិត In the Life of Music, Caylee So and Sok Visal
Chile: Araña (Spider), Andrés Wood (2019 San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos)
Colombia: Monos, Alejandro Landes  (#Berlinale2019 Panorama)
Costa Rica: El Despertar de las Hormigas (The Awakening of the Ants), Antonella Sudassasi (#Berlinale2019 Forum)
Croatia: Mali, Antonio Nuić
Cuba: Un Traductor (A Translator), Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso
Czech Republic: Nabarvené ptáče (The Painted Bird), Václav Marhoul (#Venezia76 Competition, Cinema for Unicef award winner)

Dominican Republic:  El Proyecccionista (The Projectionist), José María Cabral

Ecuador: La Mala Noche (The Longest Night), Gabriela Calvache
Egypt: ورد مسموم Ward Masmoum (Poisonous Roses),  Fawzi Saleh (2018 Rotterdam)
Estonia: Tõde ja õigus (Truth and Justice), Tanel Toom
Ethiopia: የንፋሱ ፍልሚያ Yenifasu Filmya (Running Against the Wind), Jan Philipp Weyl

Finland: Hölmö nuori sydän (Stupid Young Heart), Selma Vilhunen (#Berlinale2019 Generation 14plus Crystal Bear for Best Film award winner)

Georgia: შინდისი Shindisi, Dimitri Tsintsadze
Germany: Systemsprenger (System Crasher), Nora Fingscheidt (#Berlinale2019 Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner)

Hungary: Akik maradtak (Those Who Remained), Barnabás Tóth

Indonesia: Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body),  Garin Nugroho (Venezia75 Orizzonti Queer Lion Competition)
Iran: در جستجوی فریده Finding Farideh, Azadeh Moussavi and Kourosh Ataee (documentary)

Japan: 天気の子 Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You), Makoto Shinkai (anime)

Kenya: Subira, Ravneet Sippy Chadha
Kosovo: Zana, Antoneta Kastrati
Kyrgyzstan: Aurora, Bekzat Pirmatov

Latvia: Tēvs Nakts (The Mover), Dāvis Sīmanis (2018 MoscowIFF Competiton)
Lithuania: Laiko tiltai (Bridges of Time), Kristine Briede and Audrius Stonys (documentary) (2018 Karlovy Vary Documentary Competition)

Mexico: La Camarista (The Chambermaid), Lila Avilés (2018 San Sebastian New Directors)
Montenegro: Između dana i noći ( Neverending Past), Andro Martinovic
Morocco: آدم Adam, Maryam Touzani (#Cannes2019 Un Certain Regard)

Nepal: बुलबुल Bulbul, Binod Paudel
Netherlands: Instinct, Halina Reijn (#Locarno 2019 Variety Piazza Grande Award winner)
North Macedonia: Медена земја Medena Zemja (Honeylad), Tamara Kotevsk aand Ljubomir Stefanov (documentary) (2019 Sundance multiple award winner)
Norway: Ut og stjæle hester (Out Stealing Horses), Hans Petter Moland (#Berlinale2019 Silver Bear for Outstanding Contribution in Cinematography award winner)

Pakistan:لال کبوتر Laal Kabootar, Kamal Khan
Palestine: It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman (#Cannes2019 In Competition-Best Screenplay Jury Special Mention)
Panama: Todos Cambiamos (Everybody Changes), Arturo Montenegro
Peru: Retablo, Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio (#Berlinale2018 Generation 14 plus Crystal Bear for Best Film Special Mention and Teddy for Newcomer Award winner)
Poland: Boże Ciało (Corpus Christi), Jan Komasa (#Venezia76 Giornate degli Autori Europa Cinemas Label and Edipo Re awards winner)
Portugal: A Herdade (The Domain), Tiago Guedes (#Venezia76 Bisato d'Oro Best Director award winner)

Romania: La Gomera (The Whistlers), Corneliu Porumboiu (#Cannes2019 In Competition)

Serbia: Kralj Petar Prvi (King Petar The Frist), Petar Ristovski
Slovakia: Nech je svetio (Let There Be Light), Marko Škop (2019 Karlovy Vary Best Actor Award winner and Ecumenical Jury Award Special Mention)
Slovenia: Zgodovina ljubezni (History of Love), Sonja Prosenc (2018 Karlovy Vary Special Jury Mention winner)
South Africa: Knuckle City, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
South Korea: 기생충 Gisaengchoong (Parasite), Bong Joon-ho (#Cannes2019 Palme d'Or winner)
Spain: Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory), Pedro Almodóvar (#Cannes2019 Best Actor award and Disque d'Or for Best Composer award winner)
Sweden: And Then We Danced, Levan Akin (#Cannes2019 Quinzaine, Queer Palm competition)
Switzerland: Wolkenbruch (Wolkenbruch's Wonderous Journey Into the Arms of a Schickse), Michael Steiner

Taiwan: 誰先愛上他的 Dear Ex, Mag Hsu and Chih-yen Hsu
Tunisia: ولدي Weldi (Dear Son), Mohamed Ben Attia (#Cannes2018 Quinzaine)
Turkey: Bağlılık Aslı (Commitment Asli), Semith Kaplanoğlu

Uganda: Kony Order from Above, Steve T.  Ayeny
Ukraine: Додому Evge (Homeward), Nariman Aliev, Ukraine (#Cannes2019 Un Certain Regard)
Uruguay: Así Habló El Cambista (The Moneychanger), Federico Veiroj

Check info and available trailers @MOC
Check film posters here


Albania: Deadline September 12
Argentina: Selection on September 23

Belarus: Deadline September 17, selection on September 26

Canada: Selection on September 20.

Denmark: Shortlisted 3 films.  Selection on September 24.

France: Shortlist with 3 films (yes, Céline Sciamma's film is in!), selection on September 20

Iceland: Selection after September 24
India: Selection after September 16
Israel: Ophir Best Picture nominations announced. Selection during Ophir Awards ceremony on September 22
Italy: Shortlist with 5 films. Selection on September 24.

Uzbekistan: Selection on September 16


Today is a very good day to start my favorite annual post with all country submissions to what used to be Foreign Language Film category as the Academy decided to change category name to a more politically correct name that says not much except that films are international therefore not national (!).  With time will get use to this new name as this year is still confusing for me.

What follows is the official press release with all the changes that includes the traditional short list of 9 now becoming short list of 10 with 7 chosen by the regular committee and 3 by Executive Committee.

The Foreign Language Film category name has been changed to International Feature Film.

“We have noted that the reference to ‘Foreign’ is outdated within the global filmmaking community,” commented Larry Karaszewski and Diane Weyermann, co-chairs of the International Feature Film Committee. “We believe that International Feature Film better represents this category, and promotes a positive and inclusive view of filmmaking, and the art of film as a universal experience.”

The category name change does not change any existing category rules, the submission process, or eligibility requirements. An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Animated and documentary feature films are permitted. Only one film is accepted from each country as the official selection.

In addition, the shortlist for the International Feature Film award is expanding to ten films; seven to be chosen by the Phase I International Feature Film Committee, and the additional three to be voted by the International Feature Film Award Executive Committee.

As I'm always curious for knowledge went to Rule Thirteen and surprise, surprise there is a better definition, take a look.

An international film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.  Animated and documentary films are permitted.

Now we understand better the new name and category as key words are PRODUCED and outside USA.  So, has to be more than 51% (that's predominantly, isn't?) in a language that is NOT English and production has to be outside America.  Wonder what will happen with so many international movies where there is USA money BUT is filmed in a non-English language. Still not really clear but well, they will have to figure it out sooner than later.

Another interesting and highlighted info in Rule Thirteen is about streaming services films NOT being eligible.  Check the specific info.

Films that, in any version, receive a nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution before their first qualifying theatrical release will not be eligible for Academy Awards consideration.

What do you think directors (and producers) will prefer:  Having millions watching their film OR winning Academy awards?  2020 will have the real streaming services war in USA and consequently, around the world; those services that will remain have to have their own original content, that's what will make a difference for customers choice.  Services will do original content and people will watch it in hordes, while film festivals and film awards are still trying to restrain change.  Who will win at the end?  Let's hope winner is still us, the audience, as industry big players want to continue their now-too-long reigning of controlling what audiences can and cannot watch. Sigh.  Truth is Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or any other streaming service are NOT banned but the trick part is that all have to do a qualifying theatrical release before releasing movie at streaming service.

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