Ukraine has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1997. 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. As of 2021[update], fourteen films have been selected to represent Ukraine in this category, and five were accepted and screened by AMPAS. The sixth film, A Driver for Vera was disqualified for having insufficient Ukrainian origins.
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. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Ukraine for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Director(s)||Language(s)||Result|
|A Friend of the Deceased||Приятель небіжчика (Pryiatel nebizhchyka)
Приятель покойника (Priyatel pokoinika)
|Viacheslav Kryshtofovych||Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed)||Not nominated|
|Mamay ||Мамай (Mamai)||Oles Sanin||Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar||Not nominated|
|A Driver for Vera ||Водій для Віри (Vodiy dlya Viry)
Водитель для Веры (Voditel dlya Very)
|Aurora ||Аврора (Avrora)||Oksana Bairak||Russian||Not nominated|
|Illusion of Fear ||Ілюзія страху (Iliuziya strakhu)
Иллюзия страха (Illiuziya strakha)
|Oleksandr Kiriyenko||Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed)||Not nominated|
|Firecrosser||Той, хто пройшов крізь вогонь (Toi, khto proishov kriz vohon)||Mykhailo Illienko||Ukrainian, English, Russian, Crimean Tatar||Not nominated|
|Paradjanov||Параджанов (Paradzhanov)||Serge Avedikian,
|Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed)||Not nominated|
|The Guide||Поводир (Povodyr)||Oles Sanin||Ukrainian, Russian, English||Not nominated|
|Ukrainian Sheriffs||Українські шерифи (Ukrayinski sheryfy)
Украинские шерифы (Ukrainskiye sherify)
|Roman Bondarchuk||Ukrainian, Russian||Not nominated|
|Black Level||Рівень чорного (Riven chornoho)||Valentyn Vasianovych||No dialogue||Not nominated|
|Sergei Loznitsa||Russian, Ukrainian||Not nominated|
|Homeward||Додому (Evge)||Nariman Aliev||Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian||Not nominated|
|Atlantis||Атлантида||Valentyn Vasyanovych||Ukrainian||Not nominated|
|Bad Roads||Погані дороги||Nataliia Vorozhbyt||Russian, Ukrainian||Not nominated|
Additionally, a Ukrainian film, Wartime Romance, was selected by the Soviet Union in 1984.
The Ukrainians have had a shaky record in this category:
Black comedy Friend of the Deceased (in Russian), surreal romance Mamay (in Ukrainian), and political thriller-cum-fantasy Illusion of Fear (in Russian) all represented the country without incident.
In 2020, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange by Iryna Tsilyk and My Thoughts Are Silent by Antonio Lukich were also shortlisted for consideration.