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

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Cambodia is one of the one hundred currently existing nations that has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, with their first submission announced in 1994 to compete for the 1995 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Cambodia became the sixth South East Asian country to enter the competition, after the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. To date, Cambodia has submitted seven films.


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.[1] 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.[2] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Cambodia 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
Rice People អ្នកស្រែ
(Neak Sre)
Rithy Panh Not Nominated
Lost Loves[3] ឃ្លាតទៅសែនឆ្ងាយ Chhay Bora Not Nominated
The Missing Picture[4] L'image manquante Rithy Panh Nominated[5]
The Last Reel[6] ដុំហ្វីលចុងក្រោយ Kulikar Sotho Not Nominated
Before the Fall[7] មុនពេលបែកបាក់ Ian White Not Nominated
First They Killed My Father[8] មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហមសម្លាប់ប៉ារបស់ខ្ Angelina Jolie Not Nominated
Graves Without a Name[9] ផ្នូរគ្មានឈ្មោះ (Les tombeaux sans noms) Rithy Panh Not Nominated

Cambodia's first Oscar submission, The Rice People, is a Khmer language drama by Cambodia's leading international director Rithy Panh, about a family of women struggling to survive after the death of the family patriarch from a foot infection. The story takes place several years after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, and is one of the few Cambodian dramas to be released internationally. The film played in competition at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was released on DVD in the United States and other countries.

The Rice People screened along films from 44 other countries from around the world for the Academy Award's Foreign Film Committee but ultimately failed to win an Oscar nomination. Cambodia submitted its second film, Lost Loves, for the 85th Academy Awards.

See also


  1. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  2. ^ 80th Academy Awards - Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award Archived 12 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last accessed on November 2, 2007.
  3. ^ "Cambodia makes first Oscars submission in 18 years". Screendaily. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  4. ^ "2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film". IndieWire. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  5. ^ "Oscars: Main nominations 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  6. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (21 September 2015). "Oscars: Cambodia Selects 'The Last Reel' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  7. ^ Kilday, Gregg (11 October 2016). "Oscars: 85 Foreign-Language Film Contenders Unveiled by Academy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (18 September 2017). "Cambodia Sets Angelina Jolie's 'Father' as Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  9. ^ Pond, Steve (14 September 2018). "'Roma' Enters Oscar Foreign-Language Race, Becomes the Instant Favorite". The Wrap. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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