Bhutan is among the one hundred countries that have submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film,[nb 1] making their first submission in 1999. The Foreign Language Film 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.[3] As of 2021, two Bhutanese films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Submissions

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.[3] Below is a list of the films that Bhutan has submitted for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

The Cup was filmed in Dolpali language, which is very similar to Tibetan.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1999
(72nd)
The Cup Phörpa Khyentse Norbu Not nominated
2020
(93rd)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom[4] Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (লুনানা) Pawo Choyning Dorji Disqualified[5]
2021
(94th)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom[6] Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (লুনানা) Nominated[7]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ "Academy announces rules for 92nd Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Academy Announces Rule Changes For 92nd Oscars". Forbes. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (15 September 2020). "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom Is Bhutan's Second-Ever Oscar Entry (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Oscars Reveal Record-Breaking Lists of Contenders in Documentary, International Categories". The Wrap. 28 January 2021. Archived from the original on 9 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021. Bhutan submitted a film but didn’t establish an Academy-approved selection committee
  6. ^ "Oscars International Race 2021: Complete List of Entries". The Wrap. 9 November 2021. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Oscars: Full List of Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.