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

Slovakia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1993. 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 Slovak submission is decided annually by the Slovak Film and Television Academy (Slovenská filmová a televízna akadémia).[4] As of 2021, twenty-four Slovak films have been submitted for consideration, none of which have been nominated for an Oscar. Seven of these have been directed by Martin Šulík.

Until 1993, the Slovak Republic was a constituent republic within Czechoslovakia, and Czech and Slovaks routinely collaborated on national productions. The Shop on Main Street, which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1966 for Czechoslovakia, was a Slovak-language production. It was also the first Czechoslovak film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.[5] The Assistant (1982) and The Millennial Bee (1983) were also Slovak films submitted by Czechoslovakia for the Oscars.


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.[6] 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 the Slovak Republic for review by the Academy for the award by the year of the submission and the respective Academy Award ceremony.

Most films were at least partially in Slovak, although All My Loved Ones was primarily in Czech and Return of the Storks and King of Thieves had much of their dialogue in German.

Film title used in nomination Slovak title Director Result
Everything I Like Všetko čo mám rád Martin Šulík Not nominated
Angel of Mercy Anjel milosrdenstva Miloslav Luther Not nominated
The Garden Záhrada Martin Šulík Not nominated
Orbis Pictus Not nominated
Rivers of Babylon Vladimír Balco Not nominated
All My Loved Ones Všichni moji blízcí Matej Mináč Not nominated
Landscape Krajinka Not nominated
Cruel Joys Kruté radosti Juraj Nvota Not nominated
King of Thieves Král zlodejov Ivan Fíla Not nominated
The City of the Sun[7] Slnečný štát Martin Šulík Not nominated
Return of the Storks[8] Návrat bocianov Martin Repka Not nominated
Blind Loves[9] Slepe lásky Juraj Lehotský Not nominated
Broken Promise[10] Nedodržaný sľub Jiří Chlumský Not nominated
The Border Hranica Jaroslav Vojtek Not nominated[11]
Gypsy[12] Cigán Martin Šulík Not nominated
Made in Ash[13] Až do mesta Aš Iveta Grófová Not nominated
My Dog Killer[14] Môj pes Killer Mira Fornay Not nominated
A Step into the Dark[15] Krok do tmy Miloslav Luther Not nominated
Goat[16] Koza Ivan Ostrochovský Not nominated
Eva Nová[17] Marko Škop Not nominated
The Line[18] Čiara Peter Bebjak Not nominated
The Interpreter[19] Tlumočník Martin Šulík Not nominated
Let There Be Light[20] Nech je svetlo Marko Škop Not nominated
The Auschwitz Report[21] Správa Peter Bebjak Not nominated
107 Mothers[22] Cenzorka Péter Kerekes Not nominated
Victim[23] Oběť Michal Blaško Not nominated
Photophobia[24] Svetloplachosť Ivan Ostrochovský and Pavol Pekarčík Not nominated

In 2008 the producers of Bathory protested the decision of the Slovak Academy not to consider their film, the most expensive in Slovak history, for an Oscar nomination. The Slovak Academy said the multi-national production, which was filmed in Slovak- and English-language versions, did not qualify as a majority-Slovak production, in part because none of the lead cast came from Slovakia. The Academy instead chose documentary Blind Loves from a shortlist of four films.[25][failed verification]

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. 23 April 2019. 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. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ Source:
  5. ^ "Pátrali sme: Kde skončil jediný slovenský Oscar?". March 2013.
  6. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Slovensko na Oscary vysílá Sluneční stát". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 29 September 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  8. ^ Other finalist: Rozhovor s nepriatel'om (Facing the Enemy) Source:
  9. ^ Other finalists: Démonov (Demons), Polčas rozpadu (Half Life) and Muzika (Music). Source:
  10. ^ "Jiri Chlumsky's Broken Promise selected as Slovakia's Oscar entry". 30 September 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  12. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  13. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (20 September 2012). "'Made' for Oscar foreign lingo consideration". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Oscars: Slovakia Nominates 'My Dog Killer' for Foreign Film Category". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Oscars: Slovakia Selects 'A Step into the Dark' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Slovakia Chooses Berlin's 'Goat' as Oscar Submission". IndieWire. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  17. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (22 September 2016). "Oscars: Slovakia Selects 'Eva Nova' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  18. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (21 September 2017). "Oscars: Slovakia Selects 'The Line' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Film Tlmocnik to Compete in 2019 Oscars Race". News Now. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Oscars: Slovakia Selects Drama About Far-Right Youth Let There Be Light as Entry". Variety. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Slovensko pošle do boja o Oscara film Správa". Omediach. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Slovenským kandidátom v boji o Oscara je film Cenzorka, na ktorom pracovali šesť rokov". TA3. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  23. ^ "Slovakia selects Venice, Toronto title 'Victim' as Oscars 2023 international feature entry (Exclusive)". Screen Daily. 14 September 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  24. ^ F. N. E. Staff (27 September 2023). "Oscar Watch 2024: Slovakia Selects Photophobia as Oscar Contender". Film New Europe. Retrieved 5 October 2023.
  25. ^ Tizard, Will (2 October 2008). "Slovak Oscar pick prompts protest". Variety.
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