Countries need to be return the forms so they are received at the Academy by October 1. To qualify for the 81st Academy Awards a film must be released in the submitting country between October 1 2007 and September 30 2008 and 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.
Countries that have not received entry packets but are interested in submitting a film for consideration should contact the Academy.
The Oscars will be handed out on February 22 2009 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.