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

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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 twenty 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.[1] 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.[2] Reuters reported that Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini had confirmed that Iran would boycott.[3]


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.[4]

The Iranian nominee is selected each fall by a committee appointed by the Farabi Cinematic Foundation.[5] 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.[6]

All selected films were primarily in Persian, except for the two films by Bahman Ghobadi, which were in Kurdish.

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.

ilm 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 Nominated
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[7] بدرود بغداد Naderi, MehdiMehdi Naderi Not Nominated[8]
A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین Farhadi, AsgharAsghar Farhadi Won Academy Award[9]
The Past[10] گذشته Farhadi, AsgharAsghar Farhadi Not Nominated
Today[11] امروز Mirkarimi, RezaReza Mirkarimi Not Nominated

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  1. ^ "Iran Selects Nominee for 2013 Oscars". Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Iran to write to Academy over anti-Islam film". Tehran Times. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Iran Oscars Boycott". Reuters. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "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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  7. ^ "Iran announces Oscar nominee". PressTV. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  8. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Iran's "A Separation" wins best foreign language Oscar". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Iran selects ‘The Past’ for 2014 Academy Award submission". PressTV. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: Iran Selects 'Today' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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