List of Iranian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
The Islamic Republic of Iran has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film regularly since 1994. Prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Imperial Iran sent a single film in 1977.
Iran has submitted a total of seventeen films for Oscar consideration and two films, Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven and Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, have received an Oscar nomination and Farhadi's film won the award. Four of the selected films, including one of their successful submissions, were directed by Majid Majidi. Kambuzia Partovi, Bahman Ghobadi and Asghar Farhadi were each chosen to represent Iran at the Oscars on two occasions.
On September 24, 2012, the film A Cube of Sugar was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. However, on the same day the head of Iran's government controlled cinema agency called for a boycott of the Oscars due to the Innocence of Muslims video on YouTube that originated in the United States. Reuters reported that Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini had confirmed that Iran would boycott.
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.
The Iranian nominee is selected each fall by a committee appointed by the Farabi Cinematic Foundation. Despite poor relations with the United States, Iran has participated in the US-based competition since 1994, missing only one year. They attempted to withdraw their 1995 submission The White Balloon after sending it to Hollywood, but AMPAS refused to accept the withdrawal.
Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Iran for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
|Film title used in nomination||Persian title||Director||Result|
|The Cycle||دايره مينا||Mehrjui, DariushDariush Mehrjui||Not Nominated|
|Through the Olive Trees||زیر درختان زیتون||Kiarostami, AbbasAbbas Kiarostami||Not Nominated|
|The White Balloon||بادکنک سفید||Panahi, JafarJafar Panahi||Not Nominated|
|Gabbeh||گبه||Makhmalbaf, MohsenMohsen Makhmalbaf||Not Nominated|
|Children of Heaven||بچه های آسمان||Majidi, MajidMajid Majidi||Nominee|
|The Color of Paradise||رنگ خدا||Majidi, MajidMajid Majidi||Not Nominated|
|A Time for Drunken Horses||زمانی برای مستی اسبها||Ghobadi, BahmanBahman Ghobadi||Not Nominated|
|Baran||باران||Majidi, MajidMajid Majidi||Not Nominated|
|I'm Taraneh, 15||من ترانه 15 سال دارم||Sadrameli, RasulRasul Sadrameli||Not Nominated|
|Deep Breath||نفس عمیق||Shahbazi, ParvizParviz Shahbazi||Not Nominated|
|Turtles Can Fly||لاکپشتها هم پرواز میکنند||Ghobadi, BahmanBahman Ghobadi||Not Nominated|
|So Close, So Far||خیلی دور خیلی نزدیک||Mir Karimi, RezaReza Mir Karimi||Not Nominated|
|Café Transit||کافه ترانزیت||Partovi, KambuziaKambuzia Partovi||Not Nominated|
|M for Mother||میم مثل مادر||Mollagholipour, RasulRasul Mollagholipour||Not Nominated|
|The Song of Sparrows||آواز گنجشکها||Majidi, MajidMajid Majidi||Not Nominated|
|About Elly...||...درباره الی||Farhadi, AsgharAsghar Farhadi||Not Nominated|
|Farewell Baghdad||بدرود بغداد||Naderi, MehdiMehdi Naderi||Not Nominated|
|A Separation||جدایی نادر از سیمین||Farhadi, AsgharAsghar Farhadi||Won Academy Award|
|The Past||گذشته||Farhadi, AsgharAsghar Farhadi||Not Nominated|
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Academy Award-winning foreign language films
- Cinema of Iran
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