Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, is among the one hundred countries that have submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.[nb 1] 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]

The Puerto Rican nominee was selected by the Corporación de Cine de Puerto Rico.[4] However, the territory is no longer allowed to submit films due to the Academy altering its rules to disqualify films from American protectorates.[5]


Every year, each country is invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to submit its best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 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]

The following is a list of the films submitted by Puerto Rico in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. All films were produced in Spanish.

English title Spanish title Director Result
The Great Party La gran fiesta Marcos Zurinaga Not nominated
Tango Bar Tango Bar Marcos Zurinaga Not nominated
What Happened to Santiago Lo que le pasó a Santiago Jacobo Morales Nominated
Linda Sara Linda Sara Jacobo Morales Not nominated
Heroes from Another Country Héroes de Otra Patria Iván Dariel Ortíz Not nominated
12 Hours 12 horas Raúl Marchand-Sánchez Not nominated
Cayo Cayo Vicente Juarbe Not nominated
Thieves and Liars Ladrones y mentirosos Ricardo Méndez Matta Not nominated
Maldeamores [6] Maldeamores Mariem Perez & Carlitos Ruiz Not nominated
Kabo & Platon Kabo & Platon Edmundo H. Rodriguez Not nominated
Miente Miente Rafi Mercado Not nominated[7]
America America Sonia Fritz Disqualified[8]

The producers of local box-office hit Talento de Barrio protested that they submitted their film for consideration in 2008, but that Puerto Rico's film board chose not to send a film that year.[9]

Since foreign language films produced in the United States are not permitted to compete in this category, Puerto Rican filmmakers were often cited as the only American citizens who are regularly able to compete for the award.


  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]


  1. ^ "Academy announces rules for 92nd Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 23 April 2019. 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" (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.
  4. ^ "Terra - Notícias, esportes, coberturas ao vivo, diversão e estilo de vida". Terra.
  5. ^ "Oscar rejects". Variety. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  6. ^ Runners-up: Angel, Cimarrón, ElClown and Ruido. Source: http://www.terra.com/ocio/articulo/html/oci195684.htm
  7. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Academy unveils 63 foreign Oscar entries". Variety. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)