Acad invites 89 countries to submit pix

Entry forms, films must be received by October

The Academy of Motion Picture Acts & Sciences has invited 89 countries to submit films for consideration in the foreign-language category for the 77th Academy Awards.

To be eligible this year, a film must have had its first public screening in a commercial cinema in its home country for at least seven consecutive days between Oct. 1, 2003, and Sept. 30, 2004. Also, the film must have been produced mainly in an official language of its submitting country.

Entry forms must be received at the Acad by Oct. 1 and the films must be received by Oct. 15.

Since the inclusion of the foreign-language Oscar in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards ceremony, 98 countries have submitted films for consideration at least once.

The five contenders will be announced with nominations in other categories at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Jan. 25. Awards will be handed out Feb. 27.

Last year, for the 76th Academy Awards, a record 56 entries were received in the category.

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