SPECIAL RULES FOR THE BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD
A foreign language film is defined, for Academy Award purposes,
as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States
of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
1. The film must be first released in the country of origin between
November 1, 2000 and October 31, 2001, and first publicly exhibited
by means of 35mm or 70mm film for at least seven consecutive days
in a commercial motion picture theater for the profit of the producer
and exhibitor, advertised and exploited during its eligibility run
in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry. The
picture need not have been released in the United States.
2. The dialogue track must be predominantly in a language of the
country of origin except when the story mandates that an additional
non-English language be predominant. Accurate English subtitles
3. The submitting country must certify that creative talent of
that country exercised artistic control of the film.
4. The Academy has the right to make the final determination in
questions of eligibility.
1. Every country shall be invited to submit its best film to the
Academy. Selection of the best picture from each country shall be
made by one organization, jury or committee which should include
artists and/or craftspeople from the field of motion pictures.
2. Only one picture will be accepted from each country.
3. The Academy will provide official entry forms to the proper
committee in each country so that the producer of the film selected
can supply full information on his or her picture. All questions
on the forms should be answered as fully as possible.
4. The official entry forms, together with a cast and credits list,
a brief synopsis of the film in English, a biography of the director,
and a copy of public notification of exhibition (such as an advertisement
in a newspaper), must be received in the Academy office not later
than Thursday, November 1, 2001. Optionally, still photographs,
a poster, and any other fact sheets may be sent to further document
5. Prints should be shipped prepaid as early as possible,
as the Academy cannot accept pictures for award consideration later
than Thursday, November 15, 2001.
6. The print submitted for award consideration must be identical
in form with the final version in general release in the country
7. Prints submitted will be retained by the Academy until the
voting process is completed and will not be loaned for use by others
during the period of the voting process.
8. "Every award shall be conditioned upon the delivery to
the Academy of one print of every film nominated for final balloting
for all Academy Awards and such print shall become the property
of the Academy, with the proviso, however, that the Academy shall
not use such print for commercial gain. Such print shall be deposited
with the Academy, and subject to matters not within its control,
shall be screened by the Academy for the membership in advance of
distribution of final ballots." (Academy Bylaws, Article VIII,
Section 6.) The Academy will retain for its archives every print
chosen as a nomination for final balloting on the Foreign Language
Film Award. Those films not chosen as nominees for final balloting
will be returned to the sender at Academy expense.
1. All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the
Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Committee. After the screenings,
the committee will vote by secret ballot to nominate five foreign
language pictures for this award.
2. Final voting for the Foreign Language Film Award shall be restricted
to active and life Academy members who have attended Academy screenings,
or other exhibition, of all five films nominated for the award.
3. Viewing Foreign Language Film entries on videocassette will
NOT qualify a member for voting purposes in this category.
4. The Academy Statuette (Oscar®) will be awarded to the picture
and accepted by the director on behalf of the film's creative talents.
V. ELIGIBILITY IN OTHER CATEGORIES
1. Films submitted for Best Foreign Language Film Award consideration
may also qualify for the 74th Annual Academy Awards in other categories,
provided they meet the requirements of the special rules governing
2. In order to qualify for other categories, the films must be
publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film for paid admission
(previews excluded) in a commercial motion picture theater in Los
Angeles County between January 1, 2001, and midnight of December
31, 2001, for a run of at least seven consecutive days after an
opening prior to midnight of December 31, 2001.
3. Films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award
shall not be eligible for Academy Award consideration in any category
in any subsequent awards year. Submitted films not selected
as nominees are eligible for Academy Award consideration in other
categories in the subsequent year, provided the film has its Los
Angeles opening in that subsequent calendar year.