Call for the 91st Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) Foreign Language Film Category is open
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is extending a call to all South African producers to submit their films for entry into the 91st Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The Academy has opened a call for entry for Best Foreign Language Film Award, inviting South Africans to submit their feature films for consideration.
A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Animated and documentary feature films are permitted.
The closing date for submissions is the 29 August 2018. The South African Academy Selection Committee will choose one film as the country’s official submission for the Foreign Language Film Award. A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
To be eligible for entry
Foreign Language Film Award Guidelines:
The Academy uses the following guidelines to determine a film's eligibility in the Foreign Language Award category:
Only one film will be submitted from South Africa as the official selection for Best Foreign Language Film. The NFVF is the only institution in the country that is eligible to make a submission for this category.
The following submission materials must be submitted:
The audio in a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is typically 5.1 or 7.1 channels of discrete audio. The minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels as Left, Center, Right (a Left/Right configuration is not acceptable in a theatrical environment).
The audio data shall be formatted in conformance with ST 428-2:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Characteristics and ST 428-3:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Channel Mapping and Channel Labeling.
The print or Digital Cinema Package (DCP) submitted for Awards consideration must be identical in content and length to the print or copy used in the film’s theatrical release.
*Stills, poster, advertisements and print/DCP must be from the film's original release in the submitting country
The official film submitted will be retained by the Academy throughout the voting process. By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees that the Academy has the right to make copies and distribute them for voting purposes only. The Academy will retain for its archives one print of every motion picture receiving a nomination for the Foreign Language Film award. Additional prints of those films receiving nominations will be returned to the sender at the Academy’s expense.
Advertising and publicity restrictions:
In addition to complying with the Awards Rules for the 91st Oscars, all participants in the Awards competition are also bound by the Academy Campaign Regulations concerning the promotion of eligible films and are subject to the penalties provided therein, including the potential declaration of ineligibility by the Board of Governors for violation of those guidelines. The Regulations can be found at Oscars.org/regulations.
Eligibility in other categories:
Eligible submissions for Foreign Language Film award consideration may also qualify for the 91st Academy Awards in other categories provided they comply with the rules governing those categories.
Films nominated for the Foreign Language Film award are not eligible for Academy Awards consideration in any category in any subsequent Awards year. Submitted films that are not nominated for the Foreign Language Film award are eligible for Awards consideration in other categories in the subsequent year, provided they comply with the rules governing those categories
The National Film and Video Foundation is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to make submissions on behalf of the South African Film industry.
Eligible films should be sent no later than 29 August 2018 at 16h00 for attention:
The South African Academy Awards Selection Committee
C/o Xolelwa Nomgca
National Film and Video Foundation
87 Central Street Houghton, 2198[Back]