List of Indonesian submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature 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 International Feature Film[nb 1] 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.[3] 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.[4]

As of 2019, twenty-one 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.[5]

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.[6][7]


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.[4] 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.[8]

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 M.T. Risyaf Not Nominated
Tjoet Nja' Dhien Tjoet Nja' Dhien Eros Djarot Not Nominated
My Sky, My Home Langitku rumahku Slamet Rahardjo Not Nominated
Mer's Lips Bibir Mer Arifin C. Noer Not Nominated
Leaf on a Pillow Daun di Atas Bantal Garin Nugroho Not Nominated
Sri Sri Marselli Sumarno Not Nominated
Ca-bau-kan Ca-bau-kan Nia Dinata Not Nominated
The Stringless Violin Biola tak berdawai Sekar Ayu Asmara Not Nominated
Gie Gie Riri Riza Not Nominated
Love for Share Berbagi suami Nia Dinata Not Nominated
Denias, Singing on the Cloud Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan John de Rantau Not Nominated
Jamila and the President Jamila dan Sang Presiden Ratna Sarumpaet Not Nominated
How Funny (This Country Is)[9] Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini) Deddy Mizwar Not Nominated[10]
Under the Protection of Ka'Bah[11] Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah Hanny Saputra Not Nominated
The Dancer[12] Sang Penari Ifa Isfansyah Not Nominated
The Clerics[13] Sang Kiai Rako Prijanto Not Nominated
Soekarno[14] Soekarno: Indonesia Merdeka Hanung Bramantyo Not Nominated
Letters from Prague[15] Surat dari Praha Angga Dwimas Sasongko Not Nominated
Turah[16] Turah Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo Not Nominated
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts[17] Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak Mouly Surya Not Nominated
Memories of My Body[18] Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku Garin Nugroho Not Nominated

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]



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


  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. ^ "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. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  5. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (21 February 1989). "Nomination Intricacies For Foreign-Film Oscar". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (24 November 1998). "45 Nations Vying For Oscar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (19 October 2006). "Oscar race counts 61 countries". Variety. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Peluang Film Denias Kandas". Suara Pembaruan (in Indonesian). 18 January 2008. OCLC 18550203. Retrieved 10 May 2009.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Italy Heads Latest Batch of Oscar Foreign Submissions". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  10. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  11. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  12. ^ "Indonesia introduces Oscar to 'Dancer'". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  13. ^ "'Sang Kiai' daftarkan diri di oscar 2014". Merdeka. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  14. ^ "83 Countries In Competition For 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar". AMPAS. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  15. ^ Simanjuntak, Tertiani (23 September 2016). "'Surat dari Praha' to represent Indonesia at Oscars". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  16. ^ "'Turah' to Represent Indonesia at 2018 Oscars". Jakarta Globe. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  17. ^ Frater, Patrick (18 September 2018). "Oscars: Indonesia Selects 'Marlina The Murderer' in Foreign-Language Category". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  18. ^ "'Memories of My Body' to represent Indonesia at 2020 Academy Awards". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 17 September 2019.

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