The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the Academy Awards handed out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is given to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
Every country is invited to submit what it considers its best film to the Academy. Only one film is accepted from each country. The designation of each country’s official submission has to be done by an organization, jury or committee composed of people from the film industry. English-subtitled copies of all submitted films are shipped to the Academy, where they are screened by the Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s), whose members select by secret ballot the five official nominations. Final voting for the winner is restricted to active and life Academy members who have attended exhibitions of all five nominated films.
The Best Foreign Language Film Award is not presented to a specific individual. It is accepted by the winning film’s director, but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. (Wikipedia-Oscars.org)
Lately, Egypt selected Sheikh Jackson (2017) directed by: Amr Salama, for this category.
This is the 31st submission Egypts make to the academy awards. Non of the previous submissions made it to the final nominees list. Chahine’s Cairo station (1958) is considered the first African and the first Arab film to contend for the award.
The Submitted movies are:
Cairo Station (1958) باب الحديد
Directed by: Youssef Chahine
The Nightingale’s prayer (1959) دعاء الكروان
Directed by: Henry Barakat
Teenagers (1961) المراهقات
Directed by: Ahmed Diaaeldin
Oh Islam (1961) واسلاماه also released as Love and Faith
Directed by: Enrico Bomba and Andrew Marton
The Thief and the Dogs (1962) اللص و الكلاب also released as Chased by dogs
Directed by: Kamal El Sheikh
Mother of the Bride (1963) ام العروسة
Directed by: Atef Salem Continue reading