Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2016 Oscars. The committee will make a decision in September and announce the results by October 1, 2016.

The films submitted must have been produced outside the United States in a language other than English and released commercially in theatres for at least seven consecutive days in Canada between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 in 35 mm, 70 mm or Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format.
Telefilm coordinates and chairs the pan-Canadian selection committee but does not have a vote. The committee comprises some 20 voting members representing major government agencies and national film industry associations.

Eligibility requirements and campaign rules can be found on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Website. The nominated films will be announced in January 2017 and the 89th Academy Awards will be held on February 26, 2017.
Here are the films selected by the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee in recent years:
2004: Les Invasions barbares, Denys Arcand, nominee and winner
2005: La Face cachée de la lune, Robert Lepage
2006: C.R.A.Z.Y, Jean-Marc Vallée
2007: Water, Deepa Mehta, nominee
2008: L’Âge des ténèbres, Denys Arcand, one of 9 films shortlisted
2009: Ce qu’il reste de nous, Benoît Pilon, one of 9 films shortlisted
2010: J’ai tué ma mère, Xavier Dolan
2011: Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, nominee
2012: Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, nominee
2013: Rebelle, Kim Nguyen, nominee
2014: Gabrielle, Louise Archambault
2015: Mommy, Xavier Dolan
2016: Félix et Meira, Maxime Giroux
Films meeting eligibility requirements must be sent to all committee members in DVD format. A contact list will be provided upon request.


Deadline: July 15, 2016


Valérie St Jean Larouche

Project Leader, International Promotion

514 283-0838, ext. 2146 or 1-800-567-0890


Ann-Marie Picard,

Officer, National and International Events Management

514 283-0838, ext. 2294 or 1-800-567-0890