List of Venezuelan submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Venezuela has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1978. 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.[1]

Venezuela has had 25 films accepted by AMPAS for Oscar consideration, but none have yet been nominated for an Academy Award. In 2005, their official submission, 1888 did not arrive in time due to a dispute with a rival film, Secuestro Express.[2]

Venezuelan submissions are selected annually by the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía [3]


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. 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.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Venezuela for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Three Venezuelan directors have been selected multiple times. All Venezuelan submissions were made in Spanish, apart from the 2015 entry, Gone with the River, which was spoken in Warao.[4]

Original title Film title used in nomination Director Result
El Pez que Fuma El Pez que Fuma Román Chalbaud Not Nominated
The House of Water La casa de Agua Jacobo Penzo Not Nominated
Oriana Oriana Fina Torres Not Nominated
Jericho Jericho Luis Alberto Lamata Not Nominated
Golpes a mi Puerta Knocks at My Door Alejandro Saderman Not Nominated
Sicario Sicario José Ramón Novoa Not Nominated
One Life and Two Trails Una vida y dos mandados Alberto Arvelo Not Nominated
Rizo Loop Julio Sosa Not Nominated
Huelepega: Ley de la Calle Huelepega Elia Schneider Not Nominated
Oro Diablo Oro Diablo José Ramón Novoa Not Nominated
Una casa con vista al mar A House with a View of the Sea Alberto Aruelo Not Nominated
La pluma del arcángel The Archangel's Feather Luis Manzo Not Nominated
Sangrador Sangrador Leonardo Henriquez Not Nominated
Punto y Raya Punto y Raya Elia Schneider Not Nominated
1888: El Extraordinario Viaje de Santa Isabel [5] 1888: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Santa Isabel Alfredo Anzola Disqualified[2]
Maroa: Una Niña de la Calle Maroa Solveig Hoogesteijn Not Nominated
Postales de Leningrado Postcards from Leningrad Mariana Rondon Not Nominated
El tinte de la fama The Color of Fame Alberto Bellame Not Nominated
Libertador Morales, El Justiciero Libertador Morales, El Justiciero Efterpi Charalambidis Not Nominated
Hermano[6] Hermano Marcel Rasquin Not Nominated[7]
The Rumble of the Stones[8][9] El rumor de las piedras Alejandro Bellame Not Nominated
Rock, Paper, Scissors[10] Piedra, papel o tijera Hernán Jabes Not Nominated
Breach in the Silence[11] Brecha en el silencio Luis Rodríguez, Andrés Rodríguez Not Nominated
The Liberator[12] Libertador Alberto Arvelo Made January Shortlist[13]
Gone with the River[14] Dauna. Lo que lleva el río Mario Crespo Not Nominated
From Afar[15] Desde allá Lorenzo Vigas


  1. 1 2 "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
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  4. "Venezuelan Film in Indigenous Warao Language an Oscar Hopeful". telesurtv. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  6. "Venezuela Submits "Hermano" to the Academy Awards". Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  7. "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  8. ""El rumor de las piedras" buscará un lugar en los Oscar". Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  9. "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  10. "Venezuela ya tiene candidata al Óscar: "Piedra, papel o tijera". El Universal. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  11. "Venezuela Submits Rodriguez Brothers' 'Breach in the Silence' to Academy Awards Foreign Language Film Competition". Latinos Post. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  12. "Oscars: Venezuela Picks 'The Liberator' for Foreign Language Candidate". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  13. "9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race". AMPAS. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  14. "Oscars 2016 Predictions: Venezuela Submits 'Gone with the River'". Latin Post. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  15. Mango, Agustin (11 August 2016). "Venezuela Selects 'From Afar' as Oscar Entry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
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