BAFTA calls for foreign-language Oscar entries


LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Thursday called for U.K. entries for consideration for the Academy Awards' foreign-language category. Eligible films must have been released in the U.K. for at least seven consecutive days to a paying audience between Oct. 1, 2005 and Sept. 30 of this year, BAFTA said. The rules of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which have recently been tweaked for foreign-language entries, do not require films to be in a language indigenous to the U.K. or to be set in the U.K. But the dialogue must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English and accurate English subtitles are required. The creative talent "exercising artistic control over the film must be from the U.K.," BAFTA said. BAFTA said all films to be considered must be submitted on DVD for viewing by the British Academy film committee by Aug. 25.