Cuba has submitted films for consideration in the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] category at the Oscars since 1978. 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]

As of 2021, Cuba has submitted twenty-two films. Cuba received their first and only Oscar nomination for their 1994 submission, Strawberry and Chocolate, a gay-themed comedy-drama.

The Cuban nominee is selected annually by the Cuban Film Institute, also known by its Spanish acronym, ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos).[4]


Every year, each country is invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to submit its best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 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]

The following is a list of the films submitted by Cuba in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. All films were produced in Spanish.

English title Spanish title Director Result
Viva el Presidente El Recurso del método Miguel Littín Not Nominated
A Successful Man Un hombre de éxito Humberto Solás Not Nominated
Letters from the Park Cartas del parque Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Not Nominated
Supporting Roles Papeles secundarios Orlando Rojas Not Nominated
The Beauty of the Alhambra La bella del Alhambra Enrique Pineda Barnet Not Nominated
Hello Hemingway Hello Hemingway Fernando Perez Not Nominated
Adorable Lies Adorables mentiras Gerardo Chijona Not Nominated
Strawberry and Chocolate Fresa y chocolate Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío Nominated
Think of Me Pon tu pensamiento en mí Arturo Sotto Díaz Not Nominated
Vertical Love Amor vertical Arturo Sotto Díaz Not Nominated
Nothing More Nada Juan Carlos Cremata Not Nominated
Suite Habana Suite Habana Fernando Perez Not Nominated
Viva Cuba Viva Cuba Juan Carlos Cremata Not Nominated
El Benny El Benny Jorge Luis Sánchez Not Nominated
The Silly Age La edad de la peseta Pavel Giroud Not Nominated
Fallen Gods Los dioses Rotos Ernesto Daranas Not Nominated
Habanastation[5] Habanastation Ian Padrón Not Nominated
Behavior[6] Conducta Ernesto Daranas Not Nominated
The Companion[7] El acompañante Pavel Giroud Not Nominated
Sergio and Sergei[8] Sergio & Sergei Ernesto Daranas Not on the final list[9]
A Translator[10] Un Traductor Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso Not Nominated
Buscando a Casal[11] Buscando a Casal Jorge Luis Sánchez Not Nominated

Cuba's first submission was directed by Miguel Littin, a leftist Chilean director who was nominated in this category twice, representing Mexico in 1975/76 (for Letters from Marusia) and Nicaragua in 1982/83 (for Alsino and the Condor). He also represented his native Chile in 2009.

In addition to the above films, the Dominican Republic submitted Guaguasi - a drama directed by a Cuban-American exile, set amidst the turmoil of the 1956 Cuban Revolution and filmed in the Dominican Republic - for consideration in 1983,


  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]


IMDB[12] Variety[13]

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  7. ^ Salazar, Francisco (18 August 2016). "Oscar 2017 Predictions: Will Cuba Get its Second Oscar Nomination with Busan Film Festival Selection "The Companion?"". Latin Post. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  8. ^ "La coproducción participada por España 'Sergio & Serguéi', elegida por Cuba para la carrera al Oscar". Audiovisual451. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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