The Kingdom of Morocco has submitted films intermittently for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1977. 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]

To date, Morocco has submitted a total of seventeen films for Oscar consideration, but none have yet succeeded in receiving an Oscar nomination.


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.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Morocco for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Blood Wedding was primarily a French language production, while Morocco's 1998-2006 and 2009 submissions were primarily in Arabic. Adieu mères is evenly divided between French and Arabic.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Blood Wedding عرس الدم
Souheil Ben-Barka Not nominated
Mektoub مكتوب Nabil Ayouch Not nominated
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets علي زاوا Nabil Ayouch Not nominated
The Moroccan Symphony السمفونية المغربية Kamal Kamal Not nominated
Goodbye Mothers وداعا أمهات
Mohamed Ismaïl Not nominated
Casanegra كازانيكرا Nour-Eddine Lakhmari Not nominated
Omar Killed Me[4] عمر قتلني Roschdy Zem Made shortlist[5]
Death for Sale[6] موت للبيع Faouzi Bensaïdi Not nominated
Horses of God[7] يا خيل الله Nabil Ayouch Not nominated
The Red Moon[8] القمر الأحمر Hassan Benjelloun Not nominated
Aida[9] عايدة Driss Mrini Not nominated
A Mile in My Shoes[10] مسافة ميل بحذائي Said Khallaf Not nominated
Razzia[11] غزية Nabil Ayouch Not nominated
Burnout[12] بورن أوت Nour-Eddine Lakhmari Not nominated
Adam[13] آدم Maryam Touzani Not nominated
The Unknown Saint[14] القديس المجهول Alaa Eddine Aljem Not nominated
Casablanca Beats[15] علي صوتك Nabil Ayouch 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the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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  11. ^ Dale, Martin (17 September 2017). "Nabil Ayouch's 'Razzia' is Morocco's Foreign-Language Academy Awards Entry". Variety. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  12. ^ Senoussi, Zoubida (18 September 2018). "Moroccan Movie "Burn Out" Makes Oscars' 2019 Pre-selection List". Morocco World News. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
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  14. ^ "A film by Alaa Eddine Aljem represents Morocco in the 2021 Oscar preselection". En24 News. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
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