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

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Slovakia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1993. 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 Slovak submission is decided annually by the Slovak Film and Television Academy (Slovenská filmová a televízna akadémia).[2] As of 2015, nineteen Slovak films have been submitted for consideration, none of which have been nominated for an Oscar. Six of these have been directed by Martin Šulík.

Until 1993, the Slovak Republic was a constituent republic within Czechoslovakia, and Czech and Slovaks routinely collaborated on national productions. The Shop on Main Street, which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1966 for Czechoslovakia, was a Slovak-language production. It was also the first Czechoslovak film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.[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.[4] 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 the Slovak Republic for review by the Academy for the award by the year of the submission and the respective Academy Award ceremony.

Most films were at least partially in Slovak, although All My Loved Ones was primarily in Czech and Return of the Storks and King of Thieves had much of their dialogue in German.

Film title used in nomination Slovak title Director Result
Everything I Like Všetko čo mám rád Šulík, MartinMartin Šulík Not Nominated
Angel of Mercy Anjel milosrdenstva Luther, MiloslavMiloslav Luther Not Nominated
The Garden Záhrada Šulík, MartinMartin Šulík Not Nominated
Orbis Pictus Orbis Pictus Šulík, MartinMartin Šulík Not Nominated
Rivers of Babylon Rivers of Babylon Balco, VladimírVladimír Balco Not Nominated
All My Loved Ones Všichni moji blízcí Mináč, MatejMatej Mináč Not Nominated
Landscape Krajinka Šulík, MartinMartin Šulík Not Nominated
Cruel Joys Kruté radosti Nvota, JurajJuraj Nvota Not Nominated
The King of Thieves Král zlodejov Fíla, IvanIvan Fíla Not Nominated
City of the Sun Slnečný štát Šulík, MartinMartin Šulík Not Nominated
Return of the Storks [5] Návrat bocianov Repka, MartinMartin Repka Not Nominated
Blind Loves [6] Slepe lásky Lehotský, JurajJuraj Lehotský Not Nominated
Broken Promise Nedodržaný sľub Chlumský, JiříJiří Chlumský Not Nominated
The Border Hranica Vojtek, JaroslavJaroslav Vojtek Not Nominated[7]
Gypsy[8] Cigán Šulík, MartinMartin Šulík Not Nominated
Made in Ash[9] Až do mesta Aš Grófová, IvetaIveta Grófová Not Nominated
My Dog Killer[10] Môj pes Killer Fornay, MiraMira Fornay Not Nominated
A Step Into the Dark[11] Krok do tmy Luther, MiloslavMiloslav Luther Not Nominated
Goat[12] Koza Ostrochovský, IvanIvan Ostrochovský Not Nominated
Eva Nová[13] Eva Nová Škop, MarkoMarko Škop

In 2008 the producers of Bathory protested the decision of the Slovak Academy not to consider their film, the most expensive in Slovak history, for an Oscar nomination. The Slovak Academy said the multi-national production, which was filmed in Slovak- and English-language versions, did not qualify as a majority-Slovak production, in part because none of the lead cast came from Slovakia. The Academy instead chose documentary Blind Loves from a shortlist of four films.[14][not in citation given]

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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. 
  2. ^ Source:
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ Other finalist: Rozhovor s nepriatel'om (Facing the Enemy) Source:
  6. ^ Other finalists: Démonov (Demons), Polčas rozpadu (Half Life) and Muzika (Music). Source:
  7. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  8. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  9. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (20 September 2012). "'Made' for Oscar foreign lingo consideration". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Oscars: Slovakia Nominates 'My Dog Killer' for Foreign Film Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: Slovakia Selects 'A Step Into the Dark' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Slovakia Chooses Berlin's 'Goat' as Oscar Submission". IndieWire. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (22 September 2016). "Oscars: Slovakia Selects 'Eva Nova' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Tizard, Will (2008-10-02). "Slovak Oscar pick prompts protest". Variety. 

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