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

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Bosnia and Herzegovina has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1994. 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] Bosnia has submitted sixteen films for consideration and one, Danis Tanović's No Man's Land, has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. No Man's Land went on to win the award at the 74th Academy Awards.[2] Three other films directed by Tanović have been submitted as the Bosnian entry. Many Bosnian actors and directors worked on films submitted by Yugoslavia prior to the breakup of the country in 1991.


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

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
The Awkward Age[3] Magareće godine Dizdarević, NenadNenad Dizdarević Not Nominated
No Man's Land[2] Ničija zemlja Tanović, DanisDanis Tanović Won Academy Award
Fuse[4] Gori vatra [5] ZalicaPjer Žalica Not Nominated
Days and Hours[6] Kod amidže Idriza ZalicaPjer Žalica Not Nominated
Totally Personal[7] Sasvim lično [8] Begović, NedžadNedžad Begović Not Nominated
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams[9] Grbavica [10] ZbanicJasmila Žbanić Not Nominated
It's Hard to be Nice[11] Teško je biti fin [12] Vuletić, SrđanSrđan Vuletić Not Nominated
Snow Snijeg Begić, AidaAida Begić Not Nominated
Night Guards Čuvari noći Kabil, NamikNamik Kabil Not Nominated
Cirkus Columbia[13] Cirkus Columbia Tanović, DanisDanis Tanović Not Nominated[14]
Belvedere[15] Belvedere Imamovic, AhmedAhmed Imamovic Not Nominated
Children of Sarajevo[16] Djeca Begić, AidaAida Begić Not Nominated
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker[17] Epizoda u životu berača željeza Tanović, DanisDanis Tanović Made January Shortlist[18]
With Mum[19] Sa mamom Lončarević, FarukFaruk Lončarević Not Nominated
Our Everyday Life[20] Naša svakodnevna priča Tanović, InesInes Tanović Not Nominated
Death in Sarajevo[21] Smrt u Sarajevu Tanović, DanisDanis Tanović Not Nominated

Most Bosnian submissions have been films about life in the country after the tragic Balkan wars of the 1990s, made by young directors - all but Begović were 41 or younger when their films were made. Black comedies Fuse and Night Guards, and dramas It's Hard To Be Nice, Grbavica, Days and Hours and Snow were all stories about life after the war. The 1994 nominee, The Awkward Age, was produced during the war, and tells the story of a Communist-era boarding school. The 2005 nominee, Totally Personal, is one of the few documentaries ever submitted for the Foreign Oscar award. All films were primarily in Bosnian. Other than No Man's Land, none of the submitted Bosnian films have succeeded in getting an Oscar nomination, although Grbavica, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, was considered an early favorite.

Actor Emir Hadžihafizbegović co-stars in six of Bosnia's submissions.

Bosnia typically shortlists three films before announcing their candidate. Skies Above the Landscape was short-listed twice (the release date was changed) but failed to be selected both times.

Fuse, Grbavica and No Man's Land are readily available in the West with English subtitles.[22]

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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. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b Connolly, Kate (2002-03-27). "Bosnia emerges from no man's land". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ Weiner, Rex (1994-12-02). "Foreign-language Oscar race swells to 57 pictures". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Record-Breaking 56 Countries in Competition for Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2003-10-20. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  5. ^ Other shortlisted films: Remake & Summer in the Golden Valley
  6. ^ "50 Countries in Competition for Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2004-10-22. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  7. ^ "58 Countries Vying for 2005 Foreign Language Film Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2005-10-25. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  8. ^ Go West & Well-Tempered Corpses
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2006-10-19). "Oscar race counts 61 countries". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  10. ^ Other shortlisted films: Nafaka & Skies Above the Landscape, Source:
  11. ^ "A Record 63 Countries Vying For Best Foreign-Language Oscar Nod". Yahoo! Movies. 2007-10-17. Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  12. ^ Other shortlisted films: Mum & Dad & Skies Above the Landscape, Source:
  13. ^ "Bosnia selects Cirkus Columbia; Bulgaria submits Eastern Plays for Oscars". Screendaily. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  14. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  15. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Bosnia selects 'Children' for Oscar race". Variety. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  17. ^ "Tanovićevi 'Berači željeza' bh. kandidat za Oskara". Radio Sarajevo. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  18. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race". Oscars. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  19. ^ "Oscars: Bosnia Selects 'With Mom,' Macedonia 'To the Hilt' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Petkovic, Vladan (20 August 2015). "'Our Everyday Life' enters Oscar race for Bosnia". Screendaily. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  21. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (31 August 2016). "Oscars: Bosnia Selects 'Death in Sarajevo' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
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