Finland has submitted thirty-five films for consideration in the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] category. 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 Finnish Academy Awards submission is selected by an expert jury which is chosen by the Finnish Film Foundation.[4]

All films listed below were accepted by AMPAS, although two films- Drifting Clouds and Lights in the Dusk- were withdrawn by director Aki Kaurismäki after the films were sent to Hollywood in both 1996 and 2006. According to Mark Johnson, the chairman of the academy's foreign-language committee, he was told by the Finnish selection committee that Kaurismäki does not like film competitions.[5] Only one Finnish film has been nominated for the Foreign Film Oscar, The Man Without a Past, which is directed by Kaurismäki. Kaurismäki boycotted the Academy Awards ceremony as protest over the U.S. involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[5]

Because of Kaurismäki's withdrawals, Klaus Härö has represented Finland more than any other Finnish director - four times.


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.[6] 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 Finland for review by the academy for the award by the year of the submission and the respective Academy Award ceremony.

All films were in Finnish except for their 2000 submission Seven Songs from the Tundra which was in Nenets and 2011 submission Le Havre which was in French. Their 2003 & 2005 submissions were half in Swedish (also an official language of Finland), and their 1973 submission was in a Finnish dialect native to the Northern part of the country. The 2015 submission was in Estonian.

Film title used in nomination Title in the original language Director Result
The Earth Is a Sinful Song Maa on syntinen laulu Rauni Mollberg Not nominated
Flame Top Tulipää Pirjo Honkasalo &
Pekka Lehto
Not nominated
Sign of the Beast Pedon merkki Jaakko Pakkasvirta Not nominated
Pessi and Illusia Pessi ja Illusia Heikki Partanen Not nominated
The Unknown Soldier Tuntematon sotilas Rauni Mollberg Not nominated
The Snow Queen Lumikuningatar Päivi Hartzell Not nominated
The Winter War Talvisota Pekka Parikka Not nominated
Ripa Hits the Skids Ripa ruostuu Christian Lindblad Not nominated
The Last Wedding Kivenpyörittäjän kylä Markku Pölönen Not nominated
Drifting Clouds Kauas pilvet karkaavat Aki Kaurismäki Disqualified[7]
The Collector Neitoperho Auli Mantila Not nominated
A Summer by the River Kuningasjätkä Markku Pölönen Not nominated
The Tough Ones Häjyt Aleksi Mäkelä Not nominated
Seven Songs from the Tundra Seitsemän laulua tundralta Anastasia Lapsui &
Markku Lehmuskallio
Not nominated
The River Joki Jarmo Lampela Not nominated
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
Elina: As If I Wasn't There Elina - Som om jag inte fanns Klaus Härö Not nominated
Producing Adults Lapsia ja aikuisia - Kuinka niitä tehdään? Aleksi Salmenperä Not nominated
Mother of Mine Äideistä parhain Klaus Härö Not nominated
Lights in the Dusk Laitakaupungin valot Aki Kaurismäki Withdrawn[8]
A Man's Job Miehen työ Aleksi Salmenperä Not nominated
The Home of Dark Butterflies Tummien perhosten koti Dome Karukoski Not nominated
Letters to Father Jacob Postia pappi Jaakobille Klaus Härö Not nominated
Steam of Life[9] Miesten vuoro Joonas Berghäll Not nominated[10]
Le Havre[11] Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki Not nominated
Purge[12] Puhdistus Antti Jokinen Not nominated
Disciple[13] Lärjungen Ulrika Bengts Not nominated
Concrete Night[14] Betoniyö Pirjo Honkasalo Not nominated
The Fencer[15] Miekkailija Klaus Härö Made shortlist[16]
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki[17] Hymyilevä mies Juho Kuosmanen Not nominated
Tom of Finland[18] Tom of Finland Dome Karukoski Not nominated
Euthanizer[19] Armomurhaaja Teemu Nikki Not nominated
Stupid Young Heart[20] Hölmö nuori sydän Selma Vilhunen Not nominated
Tove[21] Tove Zaida Bergroth Not nominated
Compartment No. 6[22] Hytti nro 6 Juho Kuosmanen Made shortlist[23]
Girl Picture[24] Tytöt tytöt tytöt Alli Haapasalo Not nominated

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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