List of Colombian submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

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Colombia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1980. 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.[3]

The Colombian submission is decided annually by the Consejo Nacional de Cinematografía, a branch of the Colombian Ministry of Culture.[4] As of 2020, Colombia has entered the competition 29 times, and has been nominated once for an Academy Award.


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.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Colombia for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

In 2004, Colombia announced that it had selected Maria, Full of Grace as its Oscar submission, and the film was touted as an early front-runner to win the award. However, the film was disqualified by AMPAS which said that the film, a drama which had won Best Colombian Feature at the Cartagena Film Festival, featuring mostly Colombian characters and starring Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno in the title role, did not qualify as a majority Colombian production because it was written and directed by an American, Joshua Marston. After an unsuccessful appeal, Colombia was allowed to send El Rey as a replacement.[5] Although it was disqualified, however, Catalina Sandino Moreno was eventually nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and holds the title as the only Colombian nominated to an acting category.

Ciro Guerra is currently the director with most submissions with four films, and his 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent is the only Colombian film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Directors Sergio Cabrera, Carlos Moreno and Jorge Alí Triana have each had their films selected two times, but none have been nominated. Triana's son Rodrigo had one of his films selected in 2006. The actor with the most appearances in the Colombian submissions is renowned Colombian actress Vicky Hernández who co-starred in five of the national nominees.[citation needed] All Colombian submissions were filmed primarily in Spanish, with the exception being Birds of Passage (2018) that was filmed primarily in Wayuu language.

English title Spanish title Director Result
The Latin Immigrant El Inmigrante latino Gustavo Nieto Roa Not Nominated
A Man of Principle Cóndores no entierran todos los días Francisco Norden Not Nominated
A Time to Die Tiempo de morir Jorge Alí Triana Not Nominated
Confessing to Laura Confesión a Laura Jaime Osorio Gómez Not Nominated
The Strategy of the Snail La Estrategia del caracol Sergio Cabrera Not Nominated
Oedipus Mayor Edipo Alcalde Jorge Alí Triana Not Nominated
The Debt La Deuda Manuel José Álvarez & Nicolás Buenaventura Not Nominated
The Rose Seller La Vendedora de Rosas Víctor Gaviria Not Nominated
Time Out Golpe de Estadio Sergio Cabrera Not Nominated
Our Lady of the Assassins La virgen de los sicarios Barbet Schroeder Not Nominated
The Invisible Children Los Niños invisibles Lisandro Duque Naranjo Not Nominated
La Primera Noche La Primera Noche Luis Alberto Restrepo Not Nominated
El Rey El Rey Dominique de Rivaz Not Nominated
Wandering Shadows La Sombra del Caminante Ciro Guerra Not Nominated
A Ton of Luck Soñar no cuesta nada Rodrigo Triana Not Nominated
Satanás Satanás Andrés Baiz Not Nominated
Dog Eat Dog Perro come Perro Carlos Moreno Not Nominated
The Wind Journeys Los viajes del viento Ciro Guerra Not Nominated
Crab Trap[6] El vuelco del cangrejo Oscar Ruiz Navia Not Nominated[7]
The Colors of the Mountain[8] Los colores de la montaña Carlos César Arbeláez Not Nominated
The Snitch Cartel[9] El Cartel de los Sapos Carlos Moreno Not Nominated
La Playa DC[10] La Playa DC Juan Andrés Arango Not Nominated
Mateo[11] Mateo María Gamboa Not Nominated
Embrace of the Serpent[12] El abrazo de la serpiente Ciro Guerra Nominated[13]
Alias Maria[14] Alias María José Luis Rugeles Gracia Not Nominated
Guilty Men[15] Pariente Iván Gaona Not Nominated
Birds of Passage[16] Pájaros de verano Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra Made Shortlist[17]
Monos[18] Monos Alejandro Landes Not Nominated
Memories of My Father[19] El olvido que seremos Fernando Trueba Not Nominated

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  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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  2. ^ "Academy Announces Rule Changes For 92nd Oscars". Forbes. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ 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 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  9. ^ De La Fuente, Anna Marie (20 September 2012). "Colombia's 'Cartel' up for Oscar consideration". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Colombia Submits 'La Playa DC' for Academy Awards' 2014 Foreign Language Film Competition". Latinos Post. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Oscar Race: Colombia Taps 'Mateo' as Foreign-Language Entry". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  12. ^ Mango, Agustin (17 September 2015). "Oscars: Colombia Selects 'Embrace of the Serpent' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  13. ^ Ford, Rebecca (14 January 2016). "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  14. ^ Mango, Agustin (12 September 2016). "Oscars: Colombia Selects 'Alias Maria' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  15. ^ Hecht, John (11 September 2017). "Oscars: Colombia Selects 'Guilty Men' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  16. ^ Erbland, Kate (29 August 2018). "'Birds of Passage': Colombia Selects Cannes Breakout as Foreign Language Film Submission — Exclusive". IndieWire. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Academy Unveils 2019 Oscar Shortlists". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  18. ^ Mango, Agustin. "Oscars: Colombia Selects 'Monos' for International Feature Film Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  19. ^ ""El olvido que seremos", de Trueba, representará a Colombia en los Óscar". iInfobae. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2020.

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