Venezuela has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1978. 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]

Venezuela has had thirty films accepted by AMPAS for Oscar consideration, but none have yet been nominated for an Academy Award. However, in 2014 the official submission The Liberator was included in the January shortlist along with nine other foreign submissions. In 2005, their official submission, 1888: El Extraordinario Viaje de Santa Isabel, did not arrive in time due to a dispute with a rival film, Secuestro Express.[4]

Venezuelan submissions are selected annually by the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía.[5]

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

Three Venezuelan directors have been selected multiple times. All Venezuelan submissions have been made in Spanish, apart from the 2015 entry, Gone with the River, which was spoken in Warao.[citation needed]

Year
(Ceremony)
Original title Film title used in nomination Director Result Ref
1978
(50th)
El Pez que Fuma El Pez que Fuma Román Chalbaud Not Nominated
1984
(57th)
The House of Water La casa de Agua Jacobo Penzo Not Nominated
1985
(58th)
Oriana Oriana Fina Torres Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
Jericho Jericho Luis Alberto Lamata Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Golpes a mi Puerta Knocks at My Door Alejandro Saderman Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
Sicario Sicario José Ramón Novoa Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
One Life and Two Trails Una vida y dos mandados Alberto Arvelo Not Nominated
1998
(71st)
Rizo Loop Julio Sosa Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
Huelepega: Ley de la Calle Huelepega Elia Schneider Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Oro Diablo Oro Diablo José Ramón Novoa Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Una casa con vista al mar A House with a View of the Sea Alberto Aruelo Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
La pluma del arcángel The Archangel's Feather Luis Manzo Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Sangrador Sangrador Leonardo Henriquez Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
Punto y Raya Punto y Raya Elia Schneider Not Nominated
2005
(78th)
1888: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Santa Isabel 1888: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Santa Isabel Alfredo Anzola Disqualified [4][6]
2006
(79th)
Maroa: Una Niña de la Calle Maroa Solveig Hoogesteijn Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
Postales de Leningrado Postcards from Leningrad Mariana Rondon Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
El tinte de la fama The Color of Fame Alberto Bellame Not Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Libertador Morales, el Justiciero Libertador Morales, El Justiciero Efterpi Charalambidis Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Hermano Hermano Marcel Rasquin Not Nominated [7][8]
2011
(84th)
The Rumble of the Stones El rumor de las piedras Alejandro Bellame Not Nominated [9][10]
2012
(85th)
Rock, Paper, Scissors Piedra, papel o tijera Hernán Jabes Not Nominated [11]
2013
(86th)
Breach in the Silence Brecha en el silencio Luis Rodríguez, Andrés Rodríguez Not Nominated [12]
2014
(87th)
The Liberator Libertador Alberto Arvelo Made Shortlist [13][14]
2015
(88th)
Gone with the River Dauna. Lo que lleva el río Mario Crespo Not Nominated [15]
2016
(89th)
From Afar Desde allá Lorenzo Vigas Not Nominated [16]
2017
(90th)
El Inca El Inca Ignacio Castillo Cottin Not Nominated [17]
2018
(91st)
The Family La familia Gustavo Rondón Córdova Not Nominated [18]
2019
(92nd)
Being Impossible Yo, imposible Patricia Ortega Not Nominated [19]
2020
(93rd)
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela Érase Una Vez en Venezuela, Congo Mirador Anabel Rodríguez Ríos Not Nominated [20]

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]

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