The United Kingdom has submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] irregularly since 1991. 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.[3] The UK has one of the world's most visible film industries and British films, as well as British actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes crew members have been prominently featured amongst Oscar nominees since the 1930s. Most British features are not eligible for the Best Foreign Language Film, because they are produced in English.

As of 2021, the United Kingdom has submitted eighteen films for Oscar consideration, with two of them getting Oscar nominations. Most of these films were made by directors from or based in Wales, and were partially or completely filmed in the Welsh language.

The British nominee is selected by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).[4]


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.[5] 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 have been submitted by the United Kingdom for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Film title Main Language(s) Director Result
Lost in Siberia[a] Russian, English Alexander Mitta Not nominated
Hedd Wyn[b] Welsh Paul Turner Nominated
Branwen[b] Welsh, Irish, English Ceri Sherlock Not nominated
Cameleon[b] Welsh Ceri Sherlock Not nominated
Solomon and Gaenor[b] Welsh, English Paul Morrison Nominated
Do Not Go Gentle[b] Welsh, English Emlyn Williams Not nominated
Eldra[b] Welsh, English Tim Lyn Not nominated
Hope Eternal[c] Bemba, English, Welsh
French, Afrikaans, Swahili
Karl Francis Not nominated
Afghan Star[d] Dari, Pashto, English Havana Marking Not nominated
Patagonia[e][6][7] Welsh, Spanish Marc Evans Not nominated
Metro Manila[f][8] Filipino Sean Ellis Not nominated
Little Happiness[g][9] Turkish Nihat Seven Not nominated
Under Milk Wood[10] Welsh Kevin Allen Not nominated
Under the Shadow[h][11] Persian Babak Anvari Not nominated
My Pure Land[12] Urdu Sarmad Masud Not nominated
I Am Not a Witch[13] English, Bemba Rungano Nyoni Not nominated
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind[i][14] English, Chichewa Chiwetel Ejiofor Not nominated
Dying to Divorce[15] Turkish, English Chloe Fairweather Not nominated
Winners Persian Hassan Nazer Not nominated
  1. ^ Britain's initial Oscar submission, Lost in Siberia, was set in Russia, and focused on a British archaeologist imprisoned in a Soviet gulag.
  2. ^ a b c d e f All six British submissions between 1993 and 2002 were set in Wales.
  3. ^ 2008's Hope Eternal is set in Southern Africa but made by a Welsh director.
  4. ^ In 2009, the UK submitted a documentary, and a film directed by a woman, for the first time with Afghan Star, about an American Idol-type talent competition in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
  5. ^ set in Argentina and Wales.
  6. ^ set in the Philippines.
  7. ^ set in Turkey.
  8. ^ set in Iran.
  9. ^ set in Malawi.

See also


  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]


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