Romania began submitting for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] in 1966. As of 2021 , Romania has submitted thirty-seven films for Oscar consideration, scoring its first nomination for Collective at the 93rd Academy Awards.

The Best Foreign 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]

The Romanian nominee is selected each year by a jury selected by the National Center for Cinematography (Centrul Naţional al Cinematografiei (CNC)) [4]


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 Romania for review by the Academy for the award since 1966, by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony. Romania did not enter the competition every year, including a six-year absence from 1977-1982.

Sergiu Nicolaescu's films have been chosen to represent Romania five times since 1969, including once after the Revolution. All films were primarily in Romanian.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Result
The Uprising Răscoala Mircea Mureşan Not nominated
The Column Columna Mircea Drăgan Not nominated
A Woman for a Season Răutăciosul adolescent Gheorghe Vitanidis Not nominated
The Last Crusade Mihai Viteazul Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
Veronica Veronica Elisabeta Bostan Not nominated
The Doom Osânda Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
Return from Hell Întoarcerea din iad Nicolae Mărgineanu Not nominated
Glissando Glissando Mircea Daneliuc Not nominated
Ciuleandra Ciuleandra Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
The Last Assault Noi, cei din linia întîi Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
Those Who Pay With Their Lives Cei care plătesc cu viaţa Șerban Marinescu Not nominated
Carnival Scenes [5] De ce trag clopotele, Mitică? Lucian Pintilie Not nominated
Luxury Hotel Hotel de lux Dan Pița Not nominated
The Conjugal Bed Patul conjugal Mircea Daneliuc Not nominated
Pepe & Fifi Pepe şi Fifi Dan Piţa Not nominated
State of Things Stare de fapt Stere Gulea Not nominated
Terminus Paradis Terminus Paradis Lucian Pintilie Not nominated
The Famous Paparazzo Faimosul paparazzo Nicolae Mărgineanu Not nominated
Philanthropy Filantropica Nae Caranfil Not nominated
Orient Express Orient Express Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Moartea domnului Lăzărescu Cristi Puiu Not nominated
The Way I Spent the End of the World Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii Cătălin Mitulescu Not nominated
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Cristian Mungiu Not nominated
The Rest is Silence Restul e tăcere Nae Caranfil Not nominated
Police, Adjective Politist, adj. Corneliu Porumboiu Not nominated
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle[6] Eu când vreau să fluier, fluier Florin Şerban Not nominated[7]
Morgen[8][9] Morgen Marian Crișan Not nominated
Beyond the Hills[10] După dealuri Cristian Mungiu Made shortlist[11]
Child's Pose[12] Poziţia Copilului Călin Peter Netzer Not nominated
The Japanese Dog[13] Câinele japonez Tudor Cristian Jurgiu Not nominated
Aferim![14] Aferim! Radu Jude Not nominated
Sieranevada[15] Sieranevada Cristi Puiu Not nominated
Fixeur[16] Fixeur Adrian Sitaru Not nominated
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians[17] Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari Radu Jude Not nominated
The Whistlers[18] La Gomera Corneliu Porumboiu Not nominated
Collective[19] Colectiv Alexander Nanau Nominated[20]
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn[21] Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc Radu Jude Not nominated
Immaculate[22] Imaculat Monica Stan, George Chiper

Among Romania's more notable nominees include:

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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