A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United State of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
To be eligible for entry:
- Films must have been released in South Africa for a period of at least seven consecutive days beginning no earlier than 1st of October 2011 and no later than 30th of September 2012.
- Films must be advertised and exploited during its eligibility run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry, and need not have been released in the United States.
- No type of television or internet transmission may occur at any time prior to the film's theatrical release.
- The recording of the dialogue track as well as the completed film must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required.
- The Academy will make the final determination in all questions of eligibility.
The South African Academy Selection Committee under the patronage of the National Film and Video Foundation will select the SA film to be entered for consideration for the Best Foreign Film. Entries should therefore be hand delivered to the National Film and Video Foundation by Monday the 10th of September 2012 16h00.
Entries will be judged by the South African selection committee and the qualifying film from this initial judging phase will go forth to represent South Africa in the Academy's initial nomination phase for Best Foreign Language film.
Foreign Language Film Award Guideline
The Academy uses the following guidelines to determine a film's eligibility in the Foreign Language Award category.
1. Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be represented in at least two of these categories:
2. Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be represented in the majority in these categories:
c. Art Director or Production Designer (whichever title designates the senior designer)
d. Costume Designer
e. Music Composer
f. Sound Mixer
3. Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be significantly represented among the major roles in the cast.
The National Film and Video Foundation is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to make submissions on behalf on the South African film industry.
Eligible films should be sent no later than 10 September 2012 at 16h00 for attention:
The South African Academy Awards Selection Committee c/o Azania Muendane
National Film and Video Foundation
87 Central Street
For more information, email Naomi Mokhele.