The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has chosen Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine as South Korea 's submission to the Academy Awards' best foreign-language film category.

The film was previously in competition at this year's Cannes festival, where it garnered the best actress award for Jeon Do-yeon.

KOFIC announced that a jury of six film industry professionals, headed by cinematographer Kim Hyung-gu (The Host), decided upon the film from amongst Kim Ki-duk's Breathe - also a Cannes competition film this year - and Kim Ji-hoon's May 18, based on the historical Gwangju Massacre by the military dictatorship in 1980.

The jury stated that they had evaluated the films on the level of their excellence, the respective distributors' capabilities, and how well-known the directors and films are, taking into consideration what they thought the most appropriate film would be to match the tastes of the Academy Awards.