List of submissions to the 78th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
The following 63 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 78th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (release at the country of origin October 2004 - September 2005, ceremony March 2006).
Costa Rica, Iraq and Fiji submitted films for the first time.
In addition to the above, Venezuela selected 1888: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Santa Isabel, but their entry was delayed by a lawsuit and they missed the deadline  Uruguay reportedly selected Álvaro Buela's Alma Mater, but it only ended up sent to the Goya Awards. Both films were chosen by their respective national film boards, and should be considered as their countries' national Foreign Film submissions.
The Philippines failed to send a film for the first time in ten years; their Film Academy claimed they thought they hadn't been invited after the official invitation failed to reach their new address. Among the other countries which were officially invited to submit a film, but did not, were Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Ecuador, Egypt, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
- disqualified because the film was completely in French, and not in a language indigenous to Austria
- disqualified because a print of the film did not arrive at the Academy in time
- Private was originally selected but the Academy informed Italy that the film would be disqualified for not being in Italian. The Italian Academy appealed the decision, but ended up selecting a new film
- disqualified because it was too similar to a version previously aired on Dutch television; it was too late to select another Dutch film
- Paradise Now was submitted as coming from "Palestine", which was used on the web page and the official notices of the Academy. It was announced at the awards ceremony as from "the Palestinian territories".
- disqualified after its official screening for being mostly in English and not in a Foreign Language
- "58 Countries Vying for 2005 Foreign Language Film Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2005-10-25. Retrieved 2008-08-22.