Egypt has submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1958, when Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station became both the first African and the first Arab film to contend for the award.
The Foreign 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. The award was created for the 1956 Academy Awards, succeeding the non-competitive Honorary Academy Awards which were presented between 1947 and 1955 to the best foreign language films released in the United States.
Egypt has submitted thirty-six films to the Foreign Oscar competition but has never yet achieved a coveted Oscar nomination. They virtually disappeared from the competition during the sixteen-year period between 1982-2001 (sending a total of three films), but returned as a regular participant in 1999. Youssef Chahine represented Egypt four times, more than any other director.
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 Egypt for review by the Academy for the award by year.
Submissions between 1958 and 1960 were submitted under the name of the United Arab Republic, which was the formal name of Egypt at the time.
All films were in Arabic.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Director||Result|
|Cairo Station||باب الحديد||Youssef Chahine||Not nominated|
|The Nightingale's Prayer||دعاء الكروان||Henry Barakat||Not nominated|
|Teenagers||المراهقات||Ahmed Diaeddin||Not nominated|
|Love and Faith||وا إسلاماه||Enrico Bomba, Andrew Marton||Not nominated|
|Chased by the Dogs||اللص والكلاب||Kamal El Sheikh||Not nominated|
|Mother of the Bride||أم العروسة||Atef Salem||Not nominated|
|The Impossible||المستحيل||Hussein Kamal||Not nominated|
|Cairo 30||القاهرة 30||Salah Abu Seif||Not nominated|
|The Night of Counting the Years||المومياء||Shadi Abdel Salam||Not nominated|
|A Woman and a Man||امرأة و رجل||Houssam Eddine Mostafa||Not nominated|
|My Wife and the Dog||زوجتي و الكلب||Said Marzouk||Not nominated|
|Empire M||إمبراطورية ميم||Hussein Kamal||Not nominated|
|Where Is My Mind?||أين عقلي||Atef Salem||Not nominated|
|I Want a Solution||أريد حلاً||Said Marzouk||Not nominated|
|Whom Should We Shoot?||على من نطلق الرصاص||Kamal El Sheikh||Not nominated|
|Alexandria... Why?||إسكندرية... ليه؟||Youssef Chahine||Not nominated|
|People on the Top||أهل القمة||Ali Badrakhan||Not nominated|
|Alexandria Again and Forever||اسكندرية كمان وكمان||Youssef Chahine||Not nominated|
|Land of Dreams||أرض الاحلام||Daoud Abdel Sayed||Not nominated|
|Destiny||المصير||Youssef Chahine||Not nominated|
|A Girl's Secret||أسرار البنات||Magdy Ahmed Aly||Not nominated|
|Sleepless Nights||سهر الليالى||Hany Khalifa||Not nominated|
|I Love Cinema||بحب السيما||Osama Fawzy||Not nominated|
|The Yacoubian Building||عمارة يعقوبيان||Marwan Hamed||Not nominated|
|In the Heliopolis Flat||في شقة مصر الجديدة||Mohamed Khan||Not nominated|
|The Island||الجزيرة||Sherif Arafa||Not nominated|
|Messages from the Sea||رسائل البحر||Daoud Abdel Sayed||Not nominated|
|Lust||الشوق||Khaled El Hagar||Not nominated|
|Winter of Discontent||الشتا إللى فات||Ibrahim El Batout||Not nominated|
|Factory Girl||فتاة المصنع||Mohamed Khan||Not nominated|
|Clash||اشتباك||Mohamed Diab||Not nominated|
|Sheikh Jackson||شيخ جاكسون||Amr Salama||Not nominated|
|Yomeddine||يوم الدين||Abu Bakr Shawky||Not nominated|
|Poisonous Roses||ورد مسموم||Fawzi Saleh||Not nominated|
|When We're Born||لما بنتولد||Tamer Ezzat||Not nominated|
|Souad||سعاد||Ayten Amin||Not nominated|
The Egyptian Academy has been known in recent years for choosing topical films that are controversial at home. Coptic Christians launched an unsuccessful court case against 2004 submission I Love Cinema while dozens of Egyptian parliamentarians and a number of Muslim clerics similarly tried to ban The Yacoubian Building for depicting its depictions of Islamic fundamentalism and particularly homosexuality. 2002's Secret of the Young Girl a drama about teenage pregnancy, and 2003's Sleepless Nights, an examination of sex, divorce and relationships inside and outside of marriage also courted controversy among conservatives in Egypt.