The Long Shorts List

The an­nual race for a Best Short An­i­mated Film Os­car nom­i­na­tion is al­ways an ex­cit­ing time, ex­pos­ing in­dus­try watch­ers and fans to the lat­est cre­ations from proven au­teurs and up-and-com­ing stars of the genre. Here are the short films that have won qualif

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Get a glimpse of the Os­car qual­i­fy­ing fes­ti­val shorts, rep­re­sent­ing a va­ri­ety of na­tions, schools, gen­res and film ideals.

A la Française

Julien Haze­broucq, Em­manuelle Leleu, Mor­ri­g­ane Boyer, Ren Hsien Hsu & Wil­liam Lor­ton (France) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: This richly crafted grad­u­a­tion film from Supin­fo­com Ar­les stars a gag­gle of baroque poul­try play­ing out the scan­dalous cir­cus of court life amid the op­pu­lence of 17th cen­tury Ver­sailles. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best of Show - SIGGRAPH Com­puter An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val

Arts & Crafts Spec­tac­u­lar #2

Ian Rit­ter­skamp & Sébastien Wolf (Ger­man) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: What would hap­pen if such dis­parate pop cul­tural fig­ures as Yoko Ono and Pop­eye the Sailor Man en­coun­tered each other at a celebrity be-in at a mu­seum? This sur­real clay­ma­tion project wryly an­swers the ques­tion. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­ma­tion Short - Palm Springs In­ter­na­tional ShortFest

Back­yard Jam

Ran­dall Christo­pher (U.S.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: Di­rec­tor Christo­pher’s doo­dle-ish he­roes Klee­man and Mike re­turn for another sub­ur­ban ad­ven­ture, in which they must con­trive a way to get their skate­boards back from the vi­cious dog next door. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­mated Short - Florida Film Fes­ti­val

Bear and Me

Katarzyna Wilk (Ger­many) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Story: This charm­ingly naive film puts an ide­al­is­tic view and an amus­ing twist on the topic of love, daily rou­tine, the course of life and other re­la­tion­ship hic­cups by re­cast­ing a young woman’s do­mes­tic part­ner as a do­mes­ti­cated bear. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­mated Short Film - Cleve­land Int’l Film Fes­ti­val

Burn­ing Star

Joshua Gen Solondz (U.S.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: One of this year’s more ex­per­i­men­tal selec­tions, Solondz has said that Burn­ing Star is ded­i­cated to his fa­ther, who asked him to cre­ate a more col­or­ful film. Crafted dur­ing his res­i­dency at the (now de­funct) Ex­per­i­men­tal Tele­vi­sion Center, the film is def­i­nitely col­or­ful as it por­trays a 12-sided star im­plod­ing and ex­plod­ing. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Chris Frayne Award for Best An­i­mated Film - Ann Ar­bor Film Fes­ti­val

Is­abel Pep­pard (Aus­tralia) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: In ad­di­tion to its painstak­ingly per­fected de­tails and dis­tinct de­sign, this film is also re­lat­able to artists ev­ery­where as it fol­lows a young cre­ative strug­gling to make a liv­ing who is of­fered a job, only to find her imag­i­na­tion un­der siege. Qual­i­fy­ing Wins: Best An­i­mated Short - Cinequest Film Fes­ti­val, Yo­ram Gross Award - Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val


Takumi Kawai & Hiroki Oka­mura (Ja­pan) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: The lat­est ef­fort from the cre­ative team of Oka­mura + Kawai is a meta-mys­tery about a mur­der scene with the corpse of an ac­tress dressed in red, a man with a gun­shot wound and an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned de­tec­tive, which could be re­al­ity or fic­tion, caught in a re­frac­tive world. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Sil­ver Dragon for Best An­i­mated Film - Krakow In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

Dia de los Muer­tos

Lind­sey St. Pierre, Ash­ley Gra­ham & Kate Reynolds (U.S.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: Cre­ated by Rin­gling Col­lege of Art and De­sign grad­u­ates, this col­or­ful com­puter-an­i­mated project fol­lows a young girl whose mag­i­cal trans­porta­tion to the Land of the Dead teaches her the true mean­ing of the iconic Mex­i­can celebration. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Stu­dent Academy Awards Gold Medal - An­i­ma­tion

Ed­mond Was a Don­key

Franck Dion (France/Canada) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: Ed­mond is a small, quiet man with a lov­ing wife and a job he ex­cels at, but he knows he is dif­fer­ent from oth­ers. When his co­work­ers tease him by putting don­key ears on his head, he fi­nally re­al­izes his true na­ture. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Yo­ram Gross Award - Flick­er­Fest


Daniel Sousa (U.S./ Por­tu­gal) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Story: Partly in­spired by the real-life story of Kas­par Houser, Feral uses stark, haunt­ing de­signs to tell the story of a wild boy found in the woods by a hunter and brought into civ­i­liza­tion. Alien­ated by his new en­vi­ron­ment, the boy tries to use his wilder­ness skills to adapt. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­ma­tion - An­ima Mundi

Hä­nen Ti­lanne (When One Stops)

Jenni Rahko­nen (Fin­land) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: De­scribed as “scrib­bly notes on grief and loss” by the di­rec­tor, this short takes full ad­van­tage of min­i­mal­ist tech­niques to make state­ments about hu­man­ity and mourn­ing that are any­thing but sim­ple. Rahko­nen’s bit­ter­sweet film ex­plores the

feel­ing that though the world keeps turn­ing, a per­son in grief has stopped turn­ing with it. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion (Un­der 30 Min­utes) - Tam­pere Film Fes­ti­val

I Am Tom Moody

Ainslie Hen­der­son (U.K.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: Tom Moody per­son­i­fies the cre­ative strug­gle and prob­lems of self-doubt and their ori­gins as the viewer finds him on stage strug­gling to open his mouth and sing, then delves into his sub­con­scious to dis­cover two voices at odds, catch­ing Tom in the cross­fire. Tom must look into their ori­gins in or­der to unify his in­ter­nal du­plic­ity. Qual­i­fy­ing Wins: Best An­i­mated Short - New York In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val, Sparky Award for An­i­ma­tion - Slam­dance Film Fes­ti­val

In the Air is Christo­pher Gray

Felix Massie (U.K.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Story: Massie cre­ates a cu­ri­ous set up in his su­per-sim­pli­fied an­i­ma­tion. The tit­u­lar char­ac­ter finds him­self in the thralls of (as yet) un­re­quited love, mean­while a man has just bought a five-foot pet python for his son. What could go wrong? Qual­i­fy­ing Win: An­i­mated En­coun­ters Grand Prix - En­coun­ters Short Film & An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val

Ir­ish Folk Fur­ni­ture

Tony Don­aghue (Ire­land) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: Don­aghue, who worked for seven years at the Trust for Ur­ban Ecol­ogy and the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don, uses his back­ground in biology and film to ex­plore ru­ral tra­di­tions. In this case, 16 pieces of tra­di­tional folk fur­ni­ture—of­ten as­so­ci­ated with poverty and hard times—are re­paired and re­turned home in this ex­plo­ration of the Ir­ish psy­che. Qual­i­fy­ing Wins: Best An­i­ma­tion Short - Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Short Film Jury Award: An­i­ma­tion - Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val

La Isla de los Muer­tos

Vuk Jevre­movic (Ger­many) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: In­spired by the writ­ings and draw­ings of Franz Kafka, this sur­real tale puts a silent-movie spin on the puni­tive vengeance of so­ci­ety as a sol­dier is about to be ex­e­cuted for dis­obe­di­ence by an an­cient ma­chine which en­graves the crime com­mit­ted onto the pris­oner’s skin, which is be­ing ques­tioned as in­hu­mane by the gov­ern­ment. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: An­i­ma­tion First Prize - Athens Film + Video Fes­ti­val

Lonely Bones

Rosto (Nether­lands/ France) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG, 2D with live ac­tion Story: The sec­ond in Dutch artist Rosto’s se­ries of mu­sic videos in­flu­enced by the work of Thee Wreck­ers (a se­quel to 2008’s No Place Like Home) fol­lows a one-eyed man mak­ing his es­cape from a ho­tel room, only to en­ter a hellish world where time and space in­ter­twine in this hal­lu­ci­na­tory mixed-genre project. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Nel­vana Grand Prize for Best Short An­i­ma­tion - Ottawa In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val

The Mak­ing of Long­bird

Will An­der­son & Ainslie Hen­der­son (U.K.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D and live ac­tion Story: Another clever hy­brid film, Long­bird blends live-ac­tion and sim­ple, graphic an­i­ma­tion to of­fer an insight into the film­maker’s mind with a play­ful mock­u­men­tary for­mat, doc­u­ment­ing the at­tempts of a young an­i­ma­tor to re­vive a “leg­endary” an­i­mated char­ac­ter who soon dis­cov­ers that his sub­ject isn’t too keen on the idea. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best Short An­i­ma­tion BAFTA

Miss Todd

Kristina Yee (U.K.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: This Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School project was achieved with metic­u­lous pa­per cut-out pup­pets, a model set and in-cam­era ef­fects. The turn-of-the­cen­tury mu­si­cal tale cen­ters on a young woman who dreams of fly­ing in 1909, as all of mankind is em­bark­ing on this new fron­tier. But in the at­mos­phere of the times, there is more than grav­ity hold­ing her down Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Stu­dent Academy Awards Gold Medal - For­eign Film

The Miss­ing Scarf

Eoin Duffy (Ire­land) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: Cre­ated with the help of the Ir­ish Film Board, Raidio Teil­i­fis Eire­ann and the Arts Coun­cil, this mod-cute CG romp nar­rated by Ge­orge Takei fol­lows Al­bert the squir­rel on a quest for his miss­ing scarf, dur­ing which he un­cov­ers far big­ger prob­lems. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­ma­tion Film - Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val

The Night of the Bear

Sa­muel Guil­laume & Frédéric Guil­laume (Switzer­land) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: A tale of ex­clu­sion­ism and crossed des­tinies un­folds as a city’s home­less an­i­mals find a night’s shel­ter in the Bear’s house, cre­at­ing a slip­shod com­mu­nity that will evap­o­rate by morn­ing. The film­mak­ers used real di­a­logue recorded at a din­ner party for the in­di­gent for their dig­i­tal crit­ters. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­ma­tion - Aspen SHORTS­FEST

Obida (The Wound)

Anna Bu­danova (Rus­sia) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: Emo­tive pen­cil on pa­per an­i­ma­tion scrawls out a story about a lit­tle girl whose re­sent­ment is em­bod­ied in a shaggy crea­ture that be­comes her best friend, set­tling into the grooves of her mind as she grows up un­til it starts to con­trol her life. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Spe­cial Jury Award - An­necy Int’l An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val

Oh Willy…

Emma de Swaef & Marc James Roels (Bel­gium/ France/ Nether­lands) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: When 50-some­thing Willy re­turns to the nud­ist colony where he spent his youth to at­tend to his dy­ing mother, he must con­front the choices he has made in life. In con­fu­sion and sad­ness he flees to the for­est, even­tu­ally find­ing a motherly pro­tec­tor in the be­ing of a big, gen­tle, hairy beast. Qual­i­fy­ing Wins: Best An­i­mated Short - At­lanta Film Fes­ti­val, Honolulu Film Of­fice Award for Best An­i­mated Short Film - Los An­ge­les Film Fes­ti­val, Best An­i­mated Short - Nashville Film Fes­ti­val, Grand Prix - Stuttgart In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val

Pandy (Pan­das)

Matúš Vizár (Czech Rep.) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: This col­or­ful, dia­log-free and darkly funny satir­i­cal skit paints the panda as the per­fect Dar­winian species: The prod­uct of mil­lions of years of evo­lu­tion, yet left to fend for them­selves in the forests, the pan­das are one day dis­cov­ered by those med­dling hu­mans and be­come pawns in their games. Qual­i­fy­ing Wins: Best Short An­i­ma­tion - Gua­na­ju­ato In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, The City of Mel­bourne Grand Prix - Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val


Do­minic-Éti­enne Si­mard (Canada) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: Pro­duced with the aid of the Na­tional Film Board of Canada, this in­trigu­ing por­trait of a mixed-use, work­ing-class neigh­bor­hood where young fam­i­lies cross paths with pros­ti­tutes and the in­hab­i­tants’ in­ter­ac­tions lead to un­pre­dictable rip­ples in the fab­ric of ur­ban life was in­spired by a real-world news story. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Cana­dian Screen Award for Best An­i­mated Short

Sleight of Hand

Michael Cu­sack (Aus­tralia) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: Pro­duced by Aussie com­mer­cial stu­dio Anifex, the film ex­plores il­lu­sions and the con­cept of free will—are we truly free when our choices are lim­ited by our per­sonal pre­con­cep­tions of who we are?—as a man at­tempts to sculpt an im­age of him­self out of clay. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Bruce Cor­win Award for Best An­i­ma­tion Short Film - Santa Bar­bara In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

Sub­con­scious Pass­word

Chris Lan­dreth (U.S./Canada) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: Lan­dreth, who won the Os­car for his bi­o­graph­i­cal short Ryan, again delves into the realms of “psy­cho­re­al­ism.” This time, the jump­ing off point is the so­cial faux pas of for­get­ting some­one’s name. The NFB-funded project gen­er­ously bor­rows from the TV game show Pass­word to il­lus­trate the sub­con­scious ef­fort be­hind re­mem­ber­ing. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best Short Film - An­necy In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val

El Vende­dor de Humo

Jaime Mae­stro (Spain) Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Story: When a trav­el­ing sales­man ar­rives in a small town, he of­fers the towns­folk some un­be­liev­able mer­chan­dise: the stuff that will make their dreams come true. Un­for­tu­nately, the peo­ple are too busy with chores and too poor to af­ford his goods. The ped­dler must find a way to close the deal be­fore—like all dreams—the op­por­tu­nity fades away. The short was pro­duced at Primer Frame. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Goya Award for Best Short An­i­ma­tion


Stuart Bowen (Aus­tralia) Type of An­i­ma­tion: Stop-mo­tion Story: An an­i­ma­tor’s fa­mil­iar friend takes on a life of his own as a wooden artist’s man­nequin called Woody day­dreams of be- ing a con­cert pian­ist while stuck in his dull job. His big dreams have a big im­ped­i­ment how­ever, as he has only blandly shaped wooden pad­dles for hands. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Best An­i­mated Short Grand Jury Prize - Seat­tle In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val


To­masz Popakul (Poland) Type of An­i­ma­tion: 2D Story: Set in an idyl­lic fish­ing vil­lage sit­u­ated in an al­ter­nate re­al­ity where World War II never hap­pened, Popakul says his film was meant to cap­ture the anx­i­ety of teen­hood mixed with the at­mos­phere of a sunny va­ca­tion and the cru­elty of the world through the tale of a half boy, half fish whose fa­ther wants him to learn to be a fish­er­man de­spite the stigma and re­jec­tion of the towns­folk. Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Grand Prix - In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val Ober­hausen

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