another round photo by Henrik Ohsten

Source: Henrik Ohsten

‘Another Round’

The Academy has confirmed it has received 93 country submissions for the international feature film category in the run-up to the 94th Oscars on March 27, 2022.

The Academy said on Monday (December 6) it had also received 26 animated feature and 138 documentary feature submissions.

The entire list of international feature film submissions can be viewed here and includes a first submission from Somalia. The Academy said some of the films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfil that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 21. The five nominees are unveiled on February 8, 2022. Last season’s winner was Denmark’s Another Round (pictured) directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

Twenty-six films are eligible for consideration in the animated feature film category. At time of writing some had not yet had their required qualifying release however the list as of December 6 is: The Addams Family 2; The Ape Star; Back To The Outback; Belle; Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People; The Boss Baby: Family Business; Cryptozoo; Encanto; Flee; Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko; Josee, The Tiger And The Fish; The Laws Of The Universe – The Age Of Elohim; and Luca.

Rounding out the roster are: The Mitchells vs. the Machines; My Sunny Maad; Paw Patrol The Movie; Pompo the Cinephile; Poupelle Of Chimney Town; Raya And The Last Dragon; Ron’s Gone Wrong; Sing 2; The Spine Of Night; Spirit Untamed; The Summit Of The Gods; Vivo; and Wish Dragon.

To determine the five nominees, members of the short films and feature animation branch are automatically eligible to vote in the category. Academy members who do not belong to those branches are invited to opt in to participate and must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. Films submitted in the category also qualify other categories, including best picture.

In the documentary feature category a total of 138 films have been submitted. Again, some have not yet been released and must do so and conform with the Academy’s eligibility requirements. Films are eligible for other categories including best picture. Members of the documentary branch vote to determine the shortlist of 15 announced on December 21 and vote to determine the nominees.

The submissions include Summer Of Soul; The Velvet Underground; Flee; Becoming Cousteau; Sabaya; Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry; Ailey; Ascension; Val; Citizen Ashe; Dying To Divorce; Julia; The First Wave; The Lost Leonardo; All Light Everywhere; My Name Is Pauli Murray; President; The Sparks Brothers; Wuhan Wuhan; and Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.