List of Colombian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Colombia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1980. 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.[1]

The Colombian submission is decided annually by the Consejo Nacional de Cinematografía, a branch of the Colombian Ministry of Culture.[2]

As of 2014, Colombia has entered the competition 23 times, but has never yet been nominated for an Academy Award.


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.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Colombia for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

In 2004, Colombia announced that it had selected Maria, Full of Grace as its Oscar submission, and the film was touted as an early front-runner to win the award. However, the film was disqualified by AMPAS which said that the film, a drama which had won Best Colombian Feature at the Cartagena Film Festival, featuring mostly Colombian characters and starring Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno in the title role, did not qualify as a majority Colombian production because it was written and directed by an American, Joshua Marston. After an unsuccessful appeal, Colombia was allowed to send El Rey as a replacement.[3] Although it was disqualified, however, Catalina Sandino Moreno was eventually nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and holds the title as the only Colombian nominated to an acting category.

Directors Sergio Cabrera, Ciro Guerra, Carlos Moreno and Jorge Alí Triana have each had their films selected two times, but none have been nominated. Triana's son Rodrigo had one of his films selected in 2006. The actor with the most appearances in the Colombian submissions is renowned Colombian actress Vicky Hernández who co-starred in five of the national nominees.

All Colombian submissions were filmed primarily in Spanish. All submissions from 1996-2009 are available on DVD with English subtitles in the United States, with the exception of The Debt and Time Out.

English title Spanish title Director Result
The Latin Immigrant El Inmigrante latino Nieto Roa, GustavoGustavo Nieto Roa Not Nominated
A Man of Principle Cóndores no entierran todos los días Norden, FranciscoFrancisco Norden Not Nominated
A Time to Die Tiempo de morir Triana, Jorge AlíJorge Alí Triana Not Nominated
Confessing to Laura Confesión a Laura Osorio Gómez, JaimeJaime Osorio Gómez Not Nominated
The Strategy of the Snail La Estrategia del caracol Cabrera, SergioSergio Cabrera Not Nominated
Oedipus Mayor Edipo Alcalde Triana, Jorge AlíJorge Alí Triana Not Nominated
The Debt La Deuda Manuel Jose Alvarez & Nicolas Buenaventura Not Nominated
The Rose Seller La Vendedora de Rosas Gaviria, VictorVictor Gaviria Not Nominated
Time Out Golpe de Estadio Cabrera, SergioSergio Cabrera Not Nominated
Our Lady of the Assassins La virgen de los sicarios Schroeder, BarbetBarbet Schroeder Not Nominated
The Invisible Children Los Niños invisibles Naranjo, Lisandro DuqueLisandro Duque Naranjo Not Nominated
The First Night La Primera Noche Restrepo, Luis AlbertoLuis Alberto Restrepo Not Nominated
El Rey
Maria, Full of Grace
El Rey
Maria, llena eres de gracia
de Rivaz, DominiqueDominique de Rivaz
Joshua Marston
Wandering Shadows La Sombra del Caminante Guerra, CiroCiro Guerra Not Nominated
A Ton of Luck Soñar no cuesta nada Triana, RodrigoRodrigo Triana Not Nominated
Satanás Satanás Baiz, AndiAndi Baiz Not Nominated
Dog Eat Dog Perro come Perro Moreno, CarlosCarlos Moreno Not Nominated
The Wind Journeys Los viajes del viento Guerra, CiroCiro Guerra Not Nominated
Crab Trap[5] El vuelco del cangrejo Navia, Oscar RuizOscar Ruiz Navia Not Nominated[6]
The Colors of the Mountain[7] Los colores de la montaña Arbeláez, Carlos CésarCarlos César Arbeláez Not Nominated
The Snitch Cartel[8] El Cartel de los Sapos Carlos Moreno Not Nominated
La Playa DC[9] La Playa DC Juan Andrés Arango Not Nominated
Mateo[10] Mateo Maria Gamboa Not Nominated

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  1. ^ 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. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
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  4. ^ Horn, John (2004-12-01). "Oscar bids lost in translation". The Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "'Crab Trap' represents Colombia at Academy Awards". colombiareports. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  7. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  8. ^ De La Fuente, Anna Marie (20 September 2012). "Colombia's 'Cartel' up for Oscar consideration". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Colombia Submits 'La Playa DC' for Academy Awards' 2014 Foreign Language Film Competition". Latinos Post. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Oscar Race: Colombia Taps 'Mateo' as Foreign-Language Entry". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

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