The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Switzerland for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
The Swiss submission is decided annually by the Federal Office for Culture.
Since they began submitting regularly in 1972, they have only failed to enter a film on three occasions: 1977, 1978 and 2003. In 1994, the Swiss entered but were disqualified in a controversial ruling in which AMPAS determined that one of the favorites, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red, was not a majority Swiss production.
Director Alain Tanner had had his films selected five times, but none have been nominated. Xavier Koller and Swiss-based French director Jean-Luc Godard have each been selected to represent Switzerland three times.
Switzerland has four official languages- Twenty-two of the Swiss submissions have been French-language films, while thirteen were in some variety of German, but none were in Italian or Romansh. In addition, two Swiss submissions were in Turkish.
||Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language(s)||Director||Result|
||The Shadows Grow Longer||Die Schatten werden länger||German||Vajda, LadislaoLadislao Vajda||Not Nominated|
||First Love||Erste Liebe||German||Schell, MaximilianMaximilian Schell||Nominee|
||La Salamandre||La Salamandre||French||Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner||Not Nominated|
||L'Invitation||L'Invitation||French||Goretta, ClaudeClaude Goretta||Nominee|
||The Middle of the World||Le Milieu du monde||French||Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner||Not Nominated|
||Confrontation||Konfrontation||Swiss German||Lyssy, RolfRolf Lyssy||Not Nominated|
||Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000||Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000||French||Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner||Not Nominated|
||Les petites fugues||Les petites fugues||French||Yersin, YvesYves Yersin||Not Nominated|
||Every Man for Himself||Sauve qui peut (la vie)||French||Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard||Not Nominated|
||The Boat Is Full||Das Boot ist Voll||German||Imhoof, MarkusMarkus Imhoof||Nominee|
||Yol||Yol||Turkish||Gören, ŞerifŞerif Gören||Not Nominated|
||In the White City||Dans la ville blanche||French||Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner||Not Nominated|
||Dangerous Moves||La Diagonale du fou||French||Dembo, RichardRichard Dembo||Academy Award !Won Academy Award|
||High Fire||Höhenfeuer||Swiss German||Murer, FrediFredi Murer||Not Nominated|
||Tanner||Der Schwarze Tanner||Swiss German||Koller, XavierXavier Koller||Not Nominated|
||If the Sun Never Returns||Si le soleil ne revenait pas||French||Goretta, ClaudeClaude Goretta||Not Nominated|
||La Méridienne||La Méridienne||French||Amiguet, Jean-FrançoisJean-François Amiguet||Not Nominated|
||My Favorite Story||Mon cher sujet||French||Miéville, Anne-MarieAnne-Marie Miéville||Not Nominated|
||Journey of Hope||Reise der Hoffnung||Turkish||Koller, XavierXavier Koller||Academy Award !Won Academy Award|
||Der Berg||Der Berg||German||Imhoof, MarkusMarkus Imhoof||Not Nominated|
||Off Season||Hors Saison||French||Schmid, DanielDaniel Schmid||Not Nominated|
||Le Journal de Lady M||Le Journal de Lady M||French||Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner||Not Nominated|
||Three Colors: Red||Trois Couleurs: Rouge||French||Kieslowski, KrzysztofKrzysztof Kieslowski||Disqualified|
||Adultère, mode d'emploi||Adultère, mode d'emploi||French||Pascal, ChristineChristine Pascal||Not Nominated|
||Les Agneaux||Les Agneaux||French||Schupbach, MarcelMarcel Schupbach||Not Nominated|
||For Ever Mozart||For Ever Mozart||French||Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard||Not Nominated|
||La Guerre dans le Haut Pays||La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays||French||Reusser, FrancisFrancis Reusser||Not Nominated|
||Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland||Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz||Swiss German||Schmid, DanielDaniel Schmid||Not Nominated|
||Gripsholm||Gripsholm||German||Koller, XavierXavier Koller||Not Nominated|
||In Praise of Love||Éloge de l'amour||French||Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard||Not Nominated|
||Aime ton père||Aime ton père||French||Berger, JacobJacob Berger||Not Nominated|
||Mein Name Ist Bach||Mein Name Ist Bach||German||de Rivaz, DominiqueDominique de Rivaz||Not Nominated|
||Tout un Hiver sans Feu||Tout un Hiver sans Feu||French||Zglinski, GregGreg Zglinski||Not Nominated|
||Vitus||Vitus||Swiss German||Murer, FrediFredi Murer||Nor !Made January Shortlist|
||Late Bloomers||Die Herbstzeitlosen||Swiss German||Oberli, BettinaBettina Oberli||Not Nominated|
||The Friend||Der Freund||Swiss German||Lewinsky, MichaMicha Lewinsky||Not Nominated|
||Home||Home||French||Meier, UrsulaUrsula Meier||Not Nominated|
||La petite chambre||La petite chambre||French||Chuat, StéphanieStéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond||Not Nominated|
||Summer Games||Giochi d'estate||Italian||Colla, RolandoRolando Colla||Not Nominated|
||Sister||L'Enfant d'en haut||French||Meier, UrsulaUrsula Meier||Nor !Made January Shortlist|
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