Invitation

 

 

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE
FLFA SCREENING COMMITTEE
87TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

 

 

The complete schedule will be released after the October 1st film submission deadline.


Members are permitted to bring ONE GUEST.


You are encouraged to see as many of the submitted features as possible, but you must see at least 65 percent of the total number of films in your chosen subcommittee (RED, WHITE, BLUE) to be eligible to vote in this category.  In addition to the films you view in your chosen section, you will be credited for two films (toward your eligibility) for each three films you view in the other subcommittees. 

Viewing on DVDs or streaming of foreign language films will not qualify you to vote.  The films in this category must be seen in a theater.

If you previously viewed some of the entries during their theatrical runs, film festivals or at other screenings, you need not attend the committee screenings.  However, you must complete forms stating that you have viewed these films elsewhere. 

PLEASE KEEP YOUR VOTING DECISIONS CONFIDENTIAL.  This is essential to the integrity and fairness of this process.  (This includes the media, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and similar online platforms.)

 

Contact Information: FLFA@oscars.org or 310.247.3000 ext.1190

www.oscars.org/flfascreenings

 

NOTE: Conflict of interest rules for this category prevent any member from serving on the screening committee in any year in which he or she has a professional relationship with one of the competing films.  If you worked on one of the pictures entered, or are an executive or PR representative for a company distributing one of the films, you are not eligible for the 2014 screening committee.

 

 

 

RULE THIRTEEN
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD

 

 

I.    DEFINITION

A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

II.   ELIGIBILITY

  1. The motion picture must be first released in the country submitting it no earlier than October 1, 2013, and no later than September 30, 2014, and be first publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater for the profit of the producer and exhibitor.  Submissions must be in 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, source image format conforming to ST 428-1:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Image Characteristics; image compression (if used) conforming to ISO/IEC 15444-1 (JPEG 2000), and image and sound file formats suitable for exhibition in commercial Digital Cinema sites. 

    The audio in a typical Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is 5.1 channels or of discrete audio, and that is the preferred audio configuration, although up to 7.1 channels is acceptable.  The minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels as Left, Center, Right (a Left/Right configuration is not acceptable in a theatrical environment). 

    The audio data shall be formatted in conformance with ST 428-2:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Characteristics and ST 428-3:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Channel Mapping and Channel Labeling.

  2. The picture must be advertised and exploited during its theatrical release in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry.  The picture need not have been released in the United States.

  3. Films that, in any version, receive a nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution before their first qualifying theatrical release will not be eligible for Academy Awards consideration.  Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:

    • Broadcast and cable television
    • PPV/VOD
    • DVD distribution
    • Internet transmission

     

  4. The recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English.  Accurate, legible English-language subtitles are required.

  5. The submitting country must certify that creative control of the motion picture was largely in the hands of citizens or residents of that country.

  6. The Academy will make the final determination in all questions of eligibility.

 

III.  SUBMISSION

  1. Each country shall be invited to submit its best motion picture to the Academy.  Selection of that picture shall be made by one organization, jury or committee that should include artists and/or craftspeople from the field of motion pictures.  A list of the selection committee members must be submitted to the Academy no later than Friday August 15, 2014.  Countries submitting for the first time, or which have not submitted for the previous five years, must present a list of selection committee members for Academy approval by Wednesday, October 1, 2014, for eligibility in the following (88th) Awards year.

  2. Only one picture will be accepted from each country.

  3. The Academy will provide official entry forms to the proper committee in each country so that the producer of the selected picture can supply full information for that picture. 

  4. The following submission materials must be shipped prepaid to arrive at the Awards Office by 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, October 1, 2014:

    • Official entry forms
    • Film print or DCP with accurate, legible English-Language subtitles. The print or DCP submitted for Awards consideration must be identical in content and length to the print or copy used in the film’s theatrical release.
    • Full cast and credits list
    • Brief English-language synopsis of the film
    • Director’s biography, filmography and photograph
    • Representative film stills
    • A poster from the film’s theatrical release
    • Original newspaper or magazine clipping advertising the film’s theatrical release

     

  5. Countries whose motion pictures are shortlisted will be required to provide two additional English-language subtitled prints or DCPs of the film to facilitate voting screenings.  The two additional prints or DCPs are due at the Academy by 9 a.m. PT on the Thursday after the shortlist is announced.

  6. Prints submitted will be retained by the Academy throughout the voting process.

  7. “Every award shall be conditioned upon the delivery to the Academy of one print or one copy of every film nominated for final balloting for all Academy Awards.  Such print or copy shall be in a format and of a quality equivalent to the film’s theatrical release; if a film exists in more than one format, then the version deposited shall be the film print.  Such print or copy shall become the property of the Academy, with the proviso, however, that the Academy shall not use such print or copy for commercial gain.  Such print or copy shall be deposited with the Academy and, subject to matters not within its control, shall be screened by the Academy for the membership in advance of distribution of final ballots.”  (Academy Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 6.)  The Academy will retain for its archives one print of every motion picture receiving a nomination for the Foreign Language Film award.  Prints of those films receiving nominations will be returned to the sender at Academy expense.

 

IV.  VOTING

  1. All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s).  After the screenings, the committee(s) will vote by secret ballot to nominate five foreign language motion pictures for this award.

  2. Final voting for the Foreign Language Film award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members who have viewed all five motion pictures nominated for the award.

  3. The Academy Statuette (Oscar) will be awarded to the motion picture and accepted by the director on behalf of the picture’s creative talents.  For Academy Awards purposes the country will be credited as the nominee. The directors name will be listed on the statuette plaque after country and film title.

 

V.   ADVERTISING / PUBLICITY RESTRICTIONS

Only motion pictures that receive nominations or Academy Awards may refer to their Academy endorsements in advertising and publicity materials.  A motion picture that is selected for inclusion in the semifinal round of competition may not identify itself as an “Academy Award finalist,” “Academy Award shortlist film” or the like in its individual marketing or publicity.

 

VI.  ELIGIBILITY IN OTHER CATEGORIES

  1. Motion pictures submitted for Foreign Language Film award consideration may also qualify for the 87th Academy Awards in other categories, provided they comply with the rules governing those categories.

  2. In order to qualify for other categories, the motion pictures must be publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film or in the digital format specified in Paragraph II.A above for paid admission (previews excluded) in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County, for a run of at least seven consecutive days, beginning between January 1, 2014, and midnight of December 31, 2014.

  3. Motion pictures nominated for the Foreign Language Film award shall not be eligible for Academy Awards consideration in any category in any subsequent Awards year.  Submitted pictures that are not nominated for the Foreign Language Film award are eligible for Awards consideration in other categories in the subsequent year, provided the pictures begin their seven-day qualifying run in Los Angeles County during that calendar year.