Indonesia has submitted feature films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1987. The award is given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. It was created for 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.
As of 2021[update], 23 Indonesian films have been successfully submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but none of them have been nominated for it. The country attempted to send a film in 1988, but the submission was disqualified for lacking English subtitles.
The two Indonesian directors to have multiple films submitted are Nia Dinata and Garin Nugroho. Dinata's Ca-bau-kan was Indonesia's submission for the 75th Academy Awards and her Love for Share was the official Indonesian submission to the 79th Academy Awards. Nugroho's Leaf on a Pillow was the country's submission for the 71st Academy Awards and his Memories of My Body was the official submission for the 92nd Academy Awards.
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. The Indonesian submissions are selected by Persatuan Produser Film Indonesia (English: Indonesian Film Producers Union).
Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Indonesia for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Director||Result|
|Nagabonar||Naga bonar||M.T. Risyaf||Not nominated|
|Tjoet Nja' Dhien||Tjoet Nja' Dhien||Eros Djarot||Not nominated|
|My Sky, My Home||Langitku rumahku||Slamet Rahardjo||Not nominated|
|Mer's Lips||Bibir Mer||Arifin C. Noer||Not nominated|
|Leaf on a Pillow||Daun di Atas Bantal||Garin Nugroho||Not nominated|
|Sri||Sri||Marselli Sumarno||Not nominated|
|Ca-bau-kan||Ca-bau-kan||Nia Dinata||Not nominated|
|The Stringless Violin||Biola tak berdawai||Sekar Ayu Asmara||Not nominated|
|Gie||Gie||Riri Riza||Not nominated|
|Love for Share||Berbagi suami||Nia Dinata||Not nominated|
|Denias, Singing on the Cloud||Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan||John de Rantau||Not nominated|
|Jamila and the President||Jamila dan Sang Presiden||Ratna Sarumpaet||Not nominated|
|How Funny (This Country Is)||Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini)||Deddy Mizwar||Not nominated|
|Under the Protection of Ka'Bah||Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah||Hanny Saputra||Not nominated|
|The Dancer||Sang Penari||Ifa Isfansyah||Not nominated|
|The Clerics||Sang Kiai||Rako Prijanto||Not nominated|
|Soekarno||Soekarno: Indonesia Merdeka||Hanung Bramantyo||Not nominated|
|Letters from Prague||Surat dari Praha||Angga Dwimas Sasongko||Not nominated|
|Turah||Turah||Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo||Not nominated|
|Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts||Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak||Mouly Surya||Not nominated|
|Memories of My Body||Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku||Garin Nugroho||Not nominated|
|Impetigore||Perempuan Tanah Jahanam||Joko Anwar||Not nominated|
|Yuni||Yuni||Kamila Andini||Not nominated|