Colombia’s fledgling 2-year-old Academy of Cinematographic Arts & Sciences has selected Carlos Cesar Arbelaez’s helming debut, “Los colores de la montana” (The Colors of the Mountain), to represent the country in the foreign-language film Oscar race.

Colors” trounced 13 contenders from more seasoned helmers including Sebastian Cordero’s “Rabia” (Rage), Carlos Moreno’s “Todos tus muertos” (All Your Dead Ones) and Juan Felipe Orozco’s “Saluda al diablo de mi parte” (Greetings to the Devil), starring Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”).

Set against the armed conflict between guerilla fighters and the military in Colombia, “Colors of the Mountain” tracks a 9-year-old who enlists his best friends to help him retrieve his soccer ball from a minefield.

Pic won the New Directors award in San Sebastian last year and the screenplay at the 2011 LA Latino Film Festival.

It debuted in Colombia this past spring. New York-based Film Movement released “Colors” on DVD in the U.S. earlier this month.