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2021 Oscar Awards: All the Nepali Films Submitted So Far!

The upcoming 93rd Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021.


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2021 Oscar Awards: All the Nepali Films Submitted So Far!

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, is considered the most famous and prestigious awards in the film industry. The awards are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements.

The upcoming 93rd Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021. The AMPAS has requested the film industries of global countries, including Nepal, to submit their best film for the Best International Feature Film Award.

Earlier, it was scheduled for February 28, 2021, but was later postponed by two months in view of the coronavirus pandemic.


The submitted movies must be released in their respective countries between October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. The list of top 10 shortlisted movies will be released on February 9, 2021.

As we eagerly anticipate the 2021 Oscar Awards, let’s look at the famous Nepali movies submitted so far.

List of Nepali Movies Submitted to the Oscars:

1) Caravan/Himalaya


  • Director: Eric Valli
  • Date of Release: September 13, 1999
  • Starring: Tsering Dorjee, Thinle Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, and Lhakpa Tsamchoe
  • First Nepali film to be nominated Best International Feature Film at the 72nd Academy Awards

2) Mask of desire/Mukundo

Mask of desire/Mukundo

  • Director: Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
  • Date of Release: 2000
  • Submitted to the 73rd Academy Awards

3) Muna Madan

Muna Madan

  • Director: Gyanendra Deuja
  • Date of Release: June 27, 2003
  • Starring: Usha Poudel, Deepak Tripathi, Subhadra Adhikari, Capt. Vijaya Lama
  • Submitted to the 76th Academy Awards

4) Basain


  • Director: Subash Gajurel
  • Date of Release: 2005
  • Submitted to the 79th Academy Awards

5) Soongava: Dance of the Orchids

Soongava: Dance of the Orchids

  • Director: Subarna Thapa
  • Date of Release: January 4, 2012
  • Starring: Saugat Malla, Deeya Maskey
  • Submitted to the 86th Academy Awards

6) Jhola


  • Director: Yadav Kumar Bhattarai
  • Date of Release: December 7, 2013
  • Starring: Garima Panta, Desh Bhakta Khanal, Sujal Nepal, Laxmi Giri and Deepak Chhetri
  • Submitted to the 87th Academy Awards

7) Talakjung vs Tulke

Talakjung vs Tulke

  • Director: Nischal Basnet
  • Date of Release: October 31, 2014
  • Starring: Khagendra Lamichhane, Shushank Mainali, Dayahang Rai, Reecha Sharma, Buddhi Tamang, Rabindra Singh Baniya
  • Submitted to the 88th Academy Awards

8) The Black Hen/Kalo Pothi

The Black Hen/Kalo Pothi

  • Director: Min Bahadur Bham
  • Date of Release: June 3, 2016
  • Starring: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukraj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Benisha Hamal, Hansa Khadka
  • Submitted to the 89th Academy Award

9) The White Sun/Seto Surya

The White Sun/Seto Surya

  • Director: Deepak Rauniyar
  • Date of Release: September 6, 2016
  • Starring: Dayahang Rai, Rabindra Singh Baniya
  • Submitted to the 90th Academy Awards

10) Panchayat

Panchayat Nepal Movie

  • Director: Shivam Adhikari
  • Date of Release: March 16, 2018
  • Starring: Neeta Dhungana, Saroj Khanal, Rupa Rana, Ganesh Giti, Jahanwi Basnet
  • Submitted to the 91st Academy Awards

11) Bulbul

Bulbul Nepal Movie

  • Director: Binod Paudel
  • Date of Release: February 15, 2019
  • Starring: Swastima Khadka, Mukun Bhusal
  • Submitted to the 92nd Academy Awards

For the upcoming 2021 Oscar Awards, the Nepali Selection Committee has shortlisted two films, Aama by Dipendra K. Khanal and Sarita by Sergio Basso. The Committee is yet to submit a film for the next Oscars.

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