Oscar seeks foreign films

Invites extended to filmmakers from 73 countries

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited filmmakers from 73 countries to submit entries for next year’s foreign-language Oscar.

Entry forms must be received at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters by Nov. 2, and film prints must be received by Nov. 16. Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb . 9.

To be eligible for consideration, a film must have had its first public showing for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial theater in its home country between Nov. 1, 1997, and Oct. 31 this year, and must have been produced with a predominantly non-English dialogue track in a language of the submitting country.

The seven-day minimum-run requirement is new this year; last year’s rules did not specify the length of the first commercial run.

The winner of this year’s foreign-language film category was “Karakter,” a Dutch entry directed by Mike Van Diem.

Requests for information about the foreign-language award may be addressed to awards coordinator Patrick Stockstill by phone at (310) 247-3000 or by fax at (310) 247-2600.

Academy Awards will be presented on March 21, 1999, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center in Los Angeles.

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