10 Animation Shorts for the Oscar 2017 Race

ampas-logoThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. Sixty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The Annecy-awarded The Head Vanishes by Franck Dion, which tells the beautifully quirky story of an old woman losing its head (read Franck Dion's interview) is among the candidates.


The visual fable of Blind Vaysha by Bulgarian-Canadian auteur Theo Ushev brings in vivid contrast the dilemma of a girl torn between an eye who looks at the past and another eye looking at the future.

 Another French film, the political Under Your Fingers (Sous tes doigts) by Marie-Christine Courtès vies for a place in the final nominees.

The Czech student film Happy End by Jan Saska, a bleak comedy which premiered at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs, is another surprise.

Another student film, Once Upon a Line by the Polish Alicja Jasina (USC student), which won the Student Academy Award for Best Animated Short, now competes for the 89th Academy Awards. 

Pixar's Piper (Alan Barillaro) and Disney's Inner Workings (Leo Matsuda) are understandably included in the list, and they are strong favorites for a place in the final nominees.

 After Disney's Feast, director Patrick Osborne has a new, Google Spotilight stories with the 360 rotation effort Pearl.

 The Kickstarter-funded Pear Cider and Cigarettes by Robert Valley  is a 32-minute (!) Canadian animated film based on a true story of decadence and life journey.

 Internet sensation Borrowed Time by Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj has found its place in the list as well.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title


"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)

"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)

"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)

 Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.



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