Sri Lanka is one of over one-hundred countries which have submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.[nb 1] The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 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]

Though Sri Lanka has a relatively prolific film industry, they have only entered the Foreign Oscar competition twice.

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

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Language Director Result
2003
(76th)
Mansion by the Lake වෑකන්ද වලව්ව Sinhala Lester James Peries Not nominated
2009
(82nd)
The Road from Elephant Pass අලිමංකඩ Sinhala, Tamil Chandran Rutnam Not nominated

Sri Lanka's initial Oscar submission, Mansion by the Lake, is a Sinhala language drama, loosely based on Anton Chekhov's play The Cherry Orchard. The plot revolves around a Sri Lankan noble family, now penniless, who return to their traditional family manse in Sri Lanka after years in England. Six years later, the country entered The Road from Elephant Pass, a thriller based on an acclaimed Sri Lankan novel by Nihal De Silva. The film is a thriller about a Sri Lankan military officer and a female LTTE rebel captive who are forced to work together during an escape through the jungle. Sri Lanka has not submitted a film since 2009.

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the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]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. 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". 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.