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.[3] As of 2021, 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.[3] 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 [4] Мамай (Mamai) Oles Sanin Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar Not nominated
A Driver for Vera [5] Водій для Віри (Vodiy dlya Viry)
Водитель для Веры (Voditel dlya Very)
Pavlo Chukhrai Russian Disqualified
Aurora [6] Аврора (Avrora) Oksana Bairak Russian Not nominated
Illusion of Fear [7] Ілюзія страху (Iliuziya strakhu)
Иллюзия страха (Illiuziya strakha)
Oleksandr Kiriyenko Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed) Not nominated
Firecrosser[8] Той, хто пройшов крізь вогонь (Toi, khto proishov kriz vohon) Mykhailo Illienko Ukrainian, English, Russian, Crimean Tatar Not nominated
Paradjanov[9] Параджанов (Paradzhanov) Serge Avedikian,
Olena Fetisova
Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed) Not nominated
The Guide[10] Поводир (Povodyr) Oles Sanin Ukrainian, Russian, English Not nominated
Ukrainian Sheriffs[11] Українські шерифи (Ukrayinski sheryfy)
Украинские шерифы (Ukrainskiye sherify)
Roman Bondarchuk Ukrainian, Russian Not nominated
Black Level[12] Рівень чорного (Riven chornoho) Valentyn Vasianovych No dialogue Not nominated
Donbass[13] Донбас (Donbas)
Донбасс (Donbass)
Sergei Loznitsa Russian, Ukrainian Not nominated
Homeward[14] Додому (Evge) Nariman Aliev Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian Not nominated
Atlantis[15] Атлантида Valentyn Vasyanovych Ukrainian Not nominated
Bad Roads[16] 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.

Shortlisted finalists

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.[22]

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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