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 and 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.[3] 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.[4] 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[5] رسائل البحر Daoud Abdel Sayed Not nominated[6]
Lust[7] الشوق Khaled El Hagar Not nominated
Winter of Discontent[8] الشتا إللى فات Ibrahim El Batout Not nominated
Factory Girl[9] فتاة المصنع Mohamed Khan Not nominated
Clash[10] اشتباك Mohamed Diab Not nominated
Sheikh Jackson[11] شيخ جاكسون Amr Salama Not nominated
Yomeddine[12] يوم الدين Abu Bakr Shawky Not nominated
Poisonous Roses[citation needed] ورد مسموم Fawzi Saleh Not nominated
When We're Born[13] لما بنتولد Tamer Ezzat Not nominated
Souad[14] سعاد Ayten Amin Not nominated
Voy! Voy! Voy! !فوي! فوي! فوي Omar Hilal 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[15] 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.[16] 2002's Secret of the Young Girl a drama about teenage pregnancy,[17] and 2003's Sleepless Nights, an examination of sex, divorce and relationships inside and outside of marriage[18] also courted controversy among conservatives in Egypt.

In 2022, Egypt's Oscar Selection Committee announced a shortlist of five films: The Crime by Sherif Arafa, Full Moon by Hadi El Bagoury, Kira & El Gin by Marwan Hamed, 2 Talaat Harb by Magdy Ahmed Ali and Villa 19-B by Ahmad Abdalla.,[19] although Ahmed Ali withdrew his film prior to the vote. On 29 September, it was announced that a majority of the selection committee voted not to enter any of the shortlisted films.[20]

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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