96 countries receive entry forms for Foreign Language Oscar

MUMBAI: US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) has mailed Foreign Language Film award entry forms to 96 countries, facilitating their submissions for the 81st Academy Awards.

To qualify for the 2008 Awards, a film must be released in the submitting country between 1 October ‘07 and 30 September ‘08. It also has to be publicly screened in 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital cinema format for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theatre.

The dialogue track must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required.

Entry forms and film prints must be received at the Academy by 1 October, ‘08. Only one picture will be accepted from each country.

In 2007, Austrian film The Counterfeiters won the Oscar over a field of nominated films from Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland and Russia.

The Oscar Awards will take place on 22 February 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. It will air in India on Star Movies while in the US it will air on ABC.

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