Afghanistan has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 2002, following the fall of the country's previous Taliban government. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.
As of 2019[update], fourteen Afghan films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but none of them have been nominated for an Oscar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Afghanistan for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language(s)||Director||Result|
|FireDancer||Fire Dancer||Dari, English||Jawed Wassel||Not nominated|
|Osama||Osama (أسامة)||Dari||Siddiq Barmak||Not nominated|
|Earth and Ashes||Khakestar-o-khak||Dari, Pashto||Atiq Rahimi||Not nominated|
|Opium War||Opium War||Dari, English||Siddiq Barmak||Not nominated|
|16 Days in Afghanistan||16 Days in Afghanistan||Dari, English, Pashto||Anwar Hajher||Not nominated|
|The Black Tulip||The Black Tulip||Dari, Pashto, English||Sonia Nassery Cole||Not nominated|
|The Patience Stone||The Patience Stone||Persian||Atiq Rahimi||Not nominated|
|Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)||Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)||Dari||Barmak Akram||Not nominated|
|A Few Cubic Meters of Love||Chand Metre Moka'ab Eshgh||Persian||Jamshid Mahmoudi||Not nominated|
|Utopia||آرمان شهر||Persian||Hassan Nazer||Disqualified|
|Parting||رفتن||Persian, Dari||Navid Mahmoudi||Not on the final list|
|A Letter to the President||نامه ای به رییس جمهور||Dari||Roya Sadat||Not nominated|
|Rona, Azim's Mother||رونا مادر عظیم||Persian, Dari||Jamshid Mahmoudi||Not nominated|
|Hava, Maryam, Ayesha||حوا، مریم، عایشه||Persian, Dari||Sahraa Karimi||Disqualified|
In 2009, A British documentary filmed in Afghanistan in languages native to Afghanistan, (Afghan Star) was selected to represent the United Kingdom.
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