Kenya submitted a film for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] for the first time in 2012.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[5] 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 Kenya 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(s) Director Result
2012
(85th)
Nairobi Half Life[3] Nairobi Half Life Swahili David 'Tosh' Gitonga Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
Kati Kati[6] Kati Kati Swahili, English Mbithi Masya Not Nominated
2018
(91st)
Supa Modo[7] Supa Modo Swahili Likarion Wainaina Not Nominated
2019
(92nd)
Subira[8] Subira Swahili Ravneet Sippy Chadha Not Nominated
2020
(93rd)
The Letter[9] Barua Swahili Maia Lekow, Chris King Not Nominated
2021
(94th)
Mission to Rescue[10] Mission to Rescue Swahili Gilbert Lukalia
TBD

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the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]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 Vourlias, Christopher (26 September 2012). "Kenya chooses 'Life' for Oscar contest". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award" (PDF). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Kati Kati is Kenya's submission to the Oscars". WeAre52pc. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  7. ^ Vourlias, Christopher (28 September 2018). "Kenya Picks Berlinale Crowd-Pleaser 'Supa Modo' as Its Oscar Hopeful". Variety. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Subira is Kenya's official submission for the 92nd Academy Awards in the Best International Film category". Kenya Film Commission. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  9. ^ "'The Letter' picked to represent Kenya in 2021 Oscars". Nairobi News. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  10. ^ @FoxtonMedia (22 October 2021). "The Oscar Selection Committee - Kenya has selected Mission To Rescue as the Kenyan submission to the 94th Edition of Academy Awards" (Tweet) – via Twitter.