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

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Indonesian director Nia Dinata, whose films were twice submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Indonesia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1987. The award is given annually by the 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] It was created for 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.[2]

As of 2017, nineteen Indonesian films have been successfully submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but none of them have been nominated for the award. The country attempted to send a film in 1988, but the submission was disqualified for lacking English subtitles.[3]

The only Indonesian director to have multiple films submitted is Nia Dinata. Dinata's Ca-bau-kan was Indonesia's submission for the 75th Academy Awards and her Love for Share was the official Indonesian submission to the 79th Academy Awards.[4][5]


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.[2] 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. The Indonesian submissions are selected by Persatuan Produser Film Indonesia.[6]

Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Indonesia 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
Nagabonar Naga bonar Risyaf, M.T.M.T. Risyaf Not Nominated
Tjoet Nja' Dhien Tjoet Nja' Dhien Djarot, ErosEros Djarot Not Nominated
My Sky, My Home Langitku rumahku Rahardjo, SlametSlamet Rahardjo Not Nominated
Mer's Lips Bibir Mer Noer, Arifin C.Arifin C. Noer Not Nominated
Leaf on a Pillow Daun di Atas Bantal Nugroho, GarinGarin Nugroho Not Nominated
Sri Sri Sumarno, MarselliMarselli Sumarno Not Nominated
Ca-bau-kan Ca-bau-kan Dinata, NiaNia Dinata Not Nominated
The Stringless Violin Biola tak berdawai Asmara, Sekar AyuSekar Ayu Asmara Not Nominated
Gie Gie Riza, RiriRiri Riza Not Nominated
Love for Share Berbagi suami Dinata, NiaNia Dinata Not Nominated
Denias, Singing on the Cloud Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan de Rantau, JohnJohn de Rantau Not Nominated
Jamila and the President Jamila dan Sang Presiden Sarumpaet, RatnaRatna Sarumpaet Not Nominated
How Funny (This Country Is)[7] Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini) Mizwar, DeddyDeddy Mizwar Not Nominated[8]
Under the Protection of Ka'Bah[9] Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah Saputra, HannyHanny Saputra Not Nominated
The Dancer[10] Sang Penari Isfansyah, IfaIfa Isfansyah Not Nominated
The Clerics[11] Sang Kiai Prijanto, RakoRako Prijanto Not Nominated
Soekarno[12] Soekarno: Indonesia Merdeka Bramantyo, HanungHanung Bramantyo Not Nominated
Letters from Prague[13] Surat dari Praha Sasongko, Angga DwimasAngga Dwimas Sasongko Not Nominated
Turah[14] Turah Legowo, Wicaksono WisnuWicaksono Wisnu Legowo Not Nominated

See also



  • "Upaya Indonesia Mencari Peluang". Suara Pembaruan (in Indonesian). 2007-11-23. OCLC 18550203. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 


  1. ^ "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 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  3. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (1989-02-21). "Nomination Intricacies For Foreign-Film Oscar". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (1998-11-24). "45 Nations Vying For Oscar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2006-10-19). "Oscar race counts 61 countries". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Peluang Film Denias Kandas". Suara Pembaruan (in Indonesian). 2008-01-18. OCLC 18550203. Retrieved 2009-05-10. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Italy Heads Latest Batch of Oscar Foreign Submissions". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  8. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  9. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Indonesia introduces Oscar to 'Dancer'". Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  11. ^ "'Sang Kiai' daftarkan diri di oscar 2014". Merdeka. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  12. ^ "83 Countries In Competition For 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar". AMPAS. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Simanjuntak, Tertiani (23 September 2016). "'Surat dari Praha' to represent Indonesia at Oscars". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "'Turah' to Represent Indonesia at 2018 Oscars". Jakarta Globe. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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