Oscar season is upon us.
Best Short Animated film is one of the most interesting and perhaps creatively ‘open’ Oscar categories each year.
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held next month in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco.
Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, and the trophy ceremony is set for for February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The list of the 10 films in the running for the Best Animated Short film have been released:
Blind Vaysha, Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Borrowed Time, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
Happy End, Jan Saska, director (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
The Head Vanishes, Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
Inner Workings, Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Once Upon a Line, Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California) (Note: winner also of the 43rd Student Academy Awards competition)
Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
Pearl, Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures) (360 short)
Piper, Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers), Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)
A record 27 films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the Academy Awards including Moana, Storks, Zootopia, Secret Life of Pets, Kung Fu Panda 3, Finding Dory and Kubo and the Two Strings.