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

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Ukraine has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1997. 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] As of 2019, twelve films have been selected to represent Ukraine in this category, and five were accepted and screened by AMPAS. The sixth film, A Driver for Vera was disqualified for having insufficient Ukrainian origins.


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 Ukraine for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Language(s) Result
A Friend of the Deceased Приятель небіжчика (Pryiatel nebizhchyka)
Приятель покойника (Priyatel pokoinika)
Viacheslav Kryshtofovych Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed) Not Nominated
Mamay [4] Мамай (Mamai) Oles Sanin Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar Not Nominated
A Driver for Vera [5] Водій для Віри (Vodiy dlya Viry)
Водитель для Веры (Voditel dlya Very)
Pavlo Chukhrai Russian Disqualified
Aurora [6] Аврора (Avrora) Oksana Bairak Russian Not Nominated
Illusion of Fear [7] Ілюзія страху (Iliuziya strakhu)
Иллюзия страха (Illiuziya strakha)
Oleksandr Kiriyenko Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed) Not Nominated
Firecrosser[8] Той, хто пройшов крізь вогонь (Toi, khto proishov kriz vohon) Mykhailo Illienko Ukrainian, English, Russian, Crimean Tatar Not Nominated
Paradjanov[9] Параджанов (Paradzhanov) Serge Avedikian,
Olena Fetisova
Russian (original)/Ukrainian (dubbed) Not Nominated
The Guide[10] Поводир (Povodyr) Oles Sanin Ukrainian, Russian, English Not Nominated
Ukrainian Sheriffs[11] Українські шерифи (Ukrayinski sheryfy)
Украинские шерифы (Ukrainskiye sherify)
Roman Bondarchuk Ukrainian, Russian Not Nominated
Black Level[12] Рівень чорного (Riven chornoho) Valentyn Vasianovych No dialogue Not Nominated
Donbass[13] Донбас (Donbas)
Донбасс (Donbass)
Sergei Loznitsa Russian, Ukrainian Not Nominated
Homeward[14] Додому (Evge) Nariman Aliev Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian

The Ukrainians have had a shaky record in this category:

  • In 2004, A Driver for Vera was disqualified for being a majority-Russian production. The film was largely shot in Ukraine, and was a co-production between Russian and Ukrainian production companies, but the film was made in Russian by a Russian writer-director (Pavlo Chukhrai, who represented Russia in this category and won an Oscar nomination in 1997) and five of the six top-billed actors were Russian.
  • In 2006, a Columbia University film professor alleged that Ukraine's selection process was opaque, and that cancer drama Aurora had never actually screened in accordance with AMPAS rules.[15] Despite the protest, Aurora was accepted and screened.
  • In 2007, it was rumored that Ukraine would finally form a special Oscar committee to annually choose a Ukrainian nominee and that supposedly the movie "Koroliova" would be selected in 2007 as Ukraine's Oscar representative.[16] However, eventually it was revealed that the committee did not meet to choose a nominee.[17]
  • In 2014, Ukraine's decision to submit Oles Sanin's The Guide ahead of the more acclaimed festival hit The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, sparked a controversy that resulted in accusations of collusion by several members of the country's selection committee, who were forced to step down.[18]
  • In 2015, Ukraine missed the deadline to submit a film. They requested an extension from the Academy but it was denied.[19]

Black comedy Friend of the Deceased (in Russian), surreal romance Mamay (in Ukrainian), and political thriller-cum-fantasy Illusion of Fear (in Russian) all represented the country without incident.

See also


  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]


  1. ^ "Academy announces rules for 92nd Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  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. 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
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  6. ^ 'Аврора' будет представлять Украину на 'Оскаре' ['Aurora' will represent Ukraine for the 'Oscars']. (in Russian). 30 November 2006. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
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  8. ^ "Ukraine to submit Firecrosser for Best Foreign Language Film at Oscars". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Ukraine nominates Paradjanov for Academy Awards". armenpress. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Oscars: Ukraine Nominates Oles Sanin's 'The Guide' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Ukraine selects its candidate for foreign-language Oscar". Ukraine Today. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  12. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (29 August 2017). "Oscars: Ukraine Selects 'Black Level' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  13. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (29 August 2018). "Oscars: Ukraine Selects 'Donbass' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Ukrainian film Homeward about annexed Crimea goes for Oscar". Opinion UA. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
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  16. ^ Вітчизняне кіно: шукайте в кінотеатрах - Telekrytyka, 29.10.2007 (in Ukrainian)
  17. ^ Молодо-зелено. Чому Україна цього року відмовилася від «Оскара» - Week's mirror, 26.10.2007 (in Ukrainian)
  18. ^ "Oscars: Backlash Over Ukraine's Nomination for Best Foreign Language Category". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Oscars: Ukraine Misses Foreign-Language Deadline, Requests Extension". Retrieved 25 August 2016.

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • The Motion Picture Credits Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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