List of Turkish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Turkey has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on a regular basis since 1989. Prior to that, they also sent a single film (Dry Summer) in the 1960s after it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The Oscar 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. It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.
Over the years, twenty-four films have been submitted by Turkey for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Although their 2008 submission Three Monkeys made the nine-film shortlist, no Turkish film has ever achieved an Oscar nomination. Additionally, Switzerland sent two Turkish language films to the competition, including Yol in 1982 which was a fully Turkish production by a Turkish director that had to be smuggled into Switzerland for post-production due to political considerations, and Journey of Hope, a film about Turkish refugees made by a Swiss director in conjunction with European film companies. Journey of Hope was submitted in 1990 and won the 1991 Oscar representing Switzerland. Over the years, several other European countries have chosen films that were partially set in Turkey and featured large sections in Turkish including Austria (For a Moment, Freedom), France (Mustang), Germany (The Edge of Heaven) and Greece (A Touch of Spice).
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. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Turkey 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|
|Dry Summer||Susuz yaz||Erksan, MetinMetin Erksan||Not Nominated|
|Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite||Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar||Başaran, TunçTunç Başaran||Not Nominated|
|Piano Piano Kid||Piyano Piyano Bacaksız||Başaran, TunçTunç Başaran||Not Nominated|
|The Blue Exile||Mavi Sürgün||Kıral, ErdenErden Kıral||Not Nominated|
|Tarzan of Manisa||Manisa Tarzanı||Oğuz, OrhanOrhan Oğuz||Not Nominated|
|The Bandit||Eşkıya||Turgul, YavuzYavuz Turgul||Not Nominated|
|Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds||Salkım Hanımın Taneleri||Giritlioğlu, TomrisTomris Giritlioğlu||Not Nominated|
|Run for Money||Kaç Para Kaç||Erdem, RehaReha Erdem||Not Nominated|
|Hejar||Büyük Adam Küçük Aşk||IpeckiHandan İpekçi||Not Nominated|
|9||9||UnalÜmit Ünal||Not Nominated|
|Distant||Uzak||Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan||Not Nominated|
|Lovelorn||Gönül Yarası||Turgul, YavuzYavuz Turgul||Not Nominated|
|Ice Cream, I Scream||Dondurmam Gaymak||Aksu, YükselYüksel Aksu||Not Nominated|
|A Man's Fear of God||Takva||Kızıltan, ÖzerÖzer Kızıltan||Not Nominated|
|Three Monkeys||Üç Maymun||Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan||Made January Shortlist|
|I Saw the Sun||Güneşi Gördüm||Kırmızıgül, MahsunMahsun Kırmızıgül||Not Nominated|
|Honey||Bal||Kaplanoğlu, SemihSemih Kaplanoğlu||Not Nominated|
|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia||Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da||Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan||Not Nominated|
|Where the Fire Burns||Ateşin Düştüğü Yer||Güneş, İsmailİsmail Güneş||Not Nominated|
|The Dream of a Butterfly||Kelebeğin Rüyası||Erdoğan, YılmazYılmaz Erdoğan||Not Nominated|
|Winter Sleep||Kış Uykusu||Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan||Not Nominated|
|Sivas||Sivas||Müjdeci, KaanKaan Müjdeci||Not Nominated|
|Cold of Kalandar||Kalandar Soğuğu||Kara, MustafaMustafa Kara||Not Nominated|
|Ayla: The Daughter of War||Ayla||Ulkay, CanCan Ulkay||Not Nominated|
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Academy Award-winning foreign language films
- Cinema of Turkey
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