Iraq has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 2005. 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] As of 2021, ten Iraqi films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and none of them have been accepted as nominees.

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 Iraq for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Language Director Result
2005
(78th)
Requiem of Snow Marsiyeh barf Kurdish Jamil Rostami Not nominated
2006
(79th)
Dreams Ahlaam Arabic Mohamed Al-Daradji Not nominated
2007
(80th)
Jani Gal Jani Gal Kurdish Jamil Rostami Not nominated
2010
(83rd)
Son of Babylon[5] ابن بابل Arabic Mohamed Al-Daradji Not nominated[6]
2014
(87th)
Mardan[7] Mardan Kurdish Batin Ghobadi Not nominated
2015
(88th)
Memories on Stone[8] Bîranînen li ser kevirî Kurdish Shawkat Amin Korki Not nominated
2016
(89th)
El clásico[9] El clásico Kurdish Halkawt Mustafa Not nominated
2017
(90th)
Reseba: The Dark Wind[10] العاصفة السوداء Arabic, Kurdish Hussein Hassan Not nominated
2018
(91st)
The Journey[11] الرحلة Arabic Mohamed Al-Daradji Not nominated
2021
(94th)
Europa[12] أوروبا Arabic, Bulgarian, English Haider Rashid 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the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]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. ^ "Son of Babylon selected as Iraq's entry for Oscar race". Screendaily. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Iraqi film "Mardan" entered into Academy Awards foreign language film category". Albawaba. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Iraq's 'Memories on Stone' Oscar Entry". Financial Tribune. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  9. ^ Salazar, Francisco (5 September 2016). "Oscar 2017 Predictions: 'El Clasico' to represent Iraq at the Academy Awards". Latin Post. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  10. ^ Pond, Steve (24 August 2017). "'The Square,' 'In the Fade' Top First Batch of Oscar Foreign Language Contenders". The Wrap. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  11. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (12 September 2018). "Iraq Picks Female Suicide Bomber Drama 'The Journey' as Its Oscar Candidate". Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Iraq Nominates 'Europe' for Academy Award 2022". Iraqi News Agency. 31 October 2021. Retrieved 1 November 2021.