Nepal is among over one hundred countries that have submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.[nb 1] Nepal made its first submission in 1999. The Foreign Language Film 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] As of 2019, eleven Nepalese films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Nepal's initial submission, Caravan, was nominated for an Oscar.

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

Caravan was filmed in Dolpali language much similar to the Tibetan, while Basain, Mask of Desire and Muna Madan were filmed in Nepali.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1999
(72nd)
Himalaya/Caravan हिमालय
Eric Valli Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Mask of Desire मुकुण्डो Tsering Rhitar Sherpa Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Muna Madan मुनामदन Gyanendra Bahadur Deuja Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Basain बसाई Subash Gajurel Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Soongava: Dance of the Orchids[4] सुनगाभा Subarna Thapa Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Jhola[5] झोला Yadavkumar Bhattarai Not Nominated
2015
(88th)
Talakjung vs Tulke[6] टलकजंग भर्सेस टुल्के Nischal Basnet Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
The Black Hen[7] कालो पोथी Min Bahadur Bham Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
White Sun[8] सेतो सुर्य Deepak Rauniyar Not Nominated
2018
(91st)
Panchayat[9] पंचायत Shivam Adhikari Not Nominated
2019
(92nd)
Bulbul[10] बुलबुल Binod Poudel Not Nominated

Nepal's first Oscar submission, Caravan was made by a Nepal-based director from France, and was funded largely by Western sources. "Mask of Desire" with its themes of native Nepalese tradition and mythology was co-produced by Japan. Basain and Muna Madan, both based on classic works of Nepali literature, were fully domestic national productions made on low budgets by international standards.

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. ^ "Soongava: Nepal's entry to the Oscars". ekantipur. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Nepal Picks 'Jhola' for Foreign Language Oscar Race". Variety. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Talakjung Vs Tulke chosen for Oscars". The Himalayan Times. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  7. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (6 September 2016). "Oscars: Nepal Selects 'Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (21 August 2017). "Oscars: Nepal Selects 'White Sun' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  9. ^ Aryal, Timothy (21 September 2018). "Oscars 2019: Panchayat to represent Nepal". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Nepali movie 'Bulbul' to represent Nepal in 92nd Academy Awards". My Republica. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.