The Philippines have submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] category of the Academy Awards since the inception of the category in 1956, when the Italian film La Strada won the honors. 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]

In the 26th Academy Awards (1953), the first Filipino film to be exhibited in the Venice Film Festival, Genghis Khan, was under contention for receipt of the Honorary Foreign Language Film award, the precursor to the current category.[4]

From 1956 to the inception of the Film Academy of the Philippines in 1982, four films have been submitted for consideration by the Film Society of the Philippines, the Film Institute of the Philippines, the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), and the Philippine Movie Producers Association, the four organizations that were responsible for doing so. Only four films were sent during those times because of certain technicalities that vetoed possible submissions out of the list.

Since 1982, the Film Academy has, on an irregular basis, sent submissions to the Academy Awards for that category.[5]


Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Genghis Khan Genghis Khan Manuel Conde Not nominated
Anak Dalita Anak Dalita Lamberto V. Avellana Not nominated
The Moises Padilla Story The Moises Padilla Story Gerardo de León Not nominated
Because of a Flower Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak Luis Nepomuceno Not nominated
Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Eddie Romero Not nominated
Of the Flesh Karnal Marilou Diaz-Abaya Not nominated
This Is My Country Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim Lino Brocka Not nominated
Harvest Home Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin Carlos Siguion-Reyna Not nominated
Dead Sure Segurista Tikoy Aguiluz Not nominated
Milagros Milagros Marilou Diaz-Abaya Not nominated
In the Navel of the Sea Sa Pusod ng Dagat Marilou Diaz-Abaya Not nominated
The Kite Saranggola Gil Portes Not nominated
Anak Anak Rory Quintos Not nominated
In the Bosom of the Enemy Gatas... Sa Dibdib ng Kaaway Gil Portes Not nominated
Small Voices Mga Munting Tinig Gil Portes Not nominated
Dekada '70 Dekada '70 Chito S. Roño Not nominated
Crying Ladies Crying Ladies Mark Meily Not nominated
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros Auraeus Solito Not nominated
Donsol Donsol Adolfo Alix, Jr. Not nominated
Ploning Ploning Dante Nico Garcia Not nominated
Grandpa Is Dead Ded na si Lolo Soxie Topacio Not nominated
Noy Noy Dondon Santos Not nominated
The Woman in the Septic Tank Ang Babae sa Septic Tank Marlon Rivera Not nominated
Bwakaw Bwakaw Jun Robles Lana Not nominated
Transit[6] Transit Hannah Espia Not nominated
Norte, the End of History[7] Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan Lav Diaz Not nominated
Heneral Luna[8] Heneral Luna Jerrold Tarog Not nominated
Ma' Rosa[9] Ma' Rosa Brillante Mendoza Not nominated
Birdshot[10] Birdshot Mikhail Red Not nominated
Signal Rock[11] Signal Rock Chito S. Roño Not nominated
Verdict[12] Verdict Raymund Ribay Gutierrez Not nominated
Mindanao[13] Mindanao Brillante Mendoza Not nominated


  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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