Estonia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1992. 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] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[4] Nineteen Estonian films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, of which one has been nominated for an Oscar.

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.[4] 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 Estonia for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

All submissions were in Estonian.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1992
(65th)
Those Old Love Letters Need vanad armastuskirjad Mati Põldre Not nominated
2001
(74th)
The Heart of the Bear Karu süda Arvo Iho Not nominated
2004
(77th)
Revolution of Pigs Sigade revolutsioon Jaak Kilmi, René Reinumägi Not nominated
2005
(78th)
Shop of Dreams Stiilipidu Peeter Urbla Not nominated
2007
(80th)
The Class Klass Ilmar Raag Not nominated
2008
(81st)
I Was Here Mina olin siin René Vilbre Not nominated
2009
(82nd)
December Heat Detsembrikuumus Asko Kase Not nominated
2010
(83rd)
The Temptation of St. Tony[5] Püha Tõnu kiusamine Veiko Õunpuu Not nominated[6]
2011
(84th)
Letters to Angel[7] Kirjad Inglile Sulev Keedus Not nominated
2012
(85th)
Mushrooming[8] Seenelkäik Toomas Hussar Not nominated
2013
(86th)
Free Range[9] Free Range: Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest Veiko Õunpuu Not nominated
2014
(87th)
Tangerines[10] Mandariinid Zaza Urushadze Nominated[11]
2015
(88th)
1944[12] 1944 Elmo Nüganen Not nominated
2016
(89th)
Mother[13] Ema Kadri Kõusaar Not nominated
2017
(90th)
November[14] November Rainer Sarnet Not nominated
2018
(91st)
Take It or Leave It[15] Võta või jäta Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo Not nominated
2019
(92nd)
Truth and Justice[16] Tõde ja õigus Tanel Toom Made shortlist
2020
(93rd)
The Last Ones[17] Viimased Veiko Õunpuu Not nominated
2021
(94th)
On the Water[18] Vee peal Peeter Simm Not nominated

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. 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. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  5. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (10 September 2010). "Estonia enters 'St. Tony' in Oscar race". Variety. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  7. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Two Films Get Nod for Submission to Oscars". ERR News. Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 24 September 2012. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Estonia Nominates 'Free Range' for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar". ERR. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Croatia, Serbia, Finland and Estonia have announced their nominations for the category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2015: See The Full List". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  12. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (14 September 2015). "Oscars: Estonia Nominates '1944' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  13. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (16 September 2016). "Oscars: Estonia Selects 'Mother' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Estonia submits "November" for the foreign language Oscar consideration". Estonian World. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  15. ^ Mitchell, Robert (16 August 2018). "Estonia Selects 'Take It or Leave It' as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry". Variety. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Oscars: Estonia Selects 'Truth and Justice' for Best International Feature Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  17. ^ Barraclough, Leo (30 October 2020). "Oscars: 'The Last Ones' to Represent Estonia in International Feature Film Category". Variety. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Estonia to present Peeter Simm's "Vee peal" for international Oscar". News ERR. 18 October 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.