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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is officially accepting submissions for consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar for the 66th annual Academy Awards.

While the rules are basically unchanged, the 1993 applications include a new form requesting information about the nationalities of the film’s creative team.

The guidelines, unveiled earlier this month, were approved at a June 22 foreign-language exec committee meeting.

According to foreign-language committee chair Fay Kanin, entry forms and details about the award were mailed to selection committees in 57 countries. The Acad must receive the entry forms by Nov. 1; the deadline for receipt of films is Nov. 22.

The Academy feels its new guidelines will make the rules for submission clearer for competing countries. According to the Academy, while most of the guidelines are just now being spelled out, they are the same rules that have been applied to entries all along.

The Academy’s rules state that “the submitting country must certify that creative talent of that country exercised artistic control of the film.”

The new forms are in response to this year’s flap over the disqualification of Uruguay’s entry “A Place in the World,” when it was ruled that the film was essentially an Argentine production.

The Academy made its decision after an investigation determined that not enough Uruguay artists had participated in the production of “A Place in the World.” The film’s director, Adolfo Aristarain, claimed the film was actually a co-production of the two countries.

“A Place in the World” was submitted last fall to Argentina’s Oscar selection committee, but lost its Oscar bid — by one vote — to “The Dark Side of the Heart.” Aristarain took the film to Uruguay’s minister of education and culture, requesting that the film become an entry of Uruguay.

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