Os­car’s Short

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In De­cem­ber, the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences an­nounced the ti­tles ad­vanc­ing to nom­i­na­tion vot­ing 10 will be whit­tled down to five nom­i­nees by the Short Films and

Fine Arts Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Stu­dent Acad­emy Award (Gold Medal: An­i­ma­tion, In­ter­na­tional) Of­fi­cial Se­lec­tions: DC Shorts Film Fes­ti­val, San Francisco Int’l Film Fes­ti­val, Spike & Mike’s, Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, Zlin Film Fes­ti­val Syn­op­sis: It’s the re­venge of the smart­phone zom­bies in this darkly comic, re­fresh­ingly car­toon-y short that ex­plores de­vice dis­trac­tion ac­ci­dents. The dig­i­tal ob­ses­sion is high­lighted by blank tex­tured back­grounds filled only by the ob­jects and peo­ple in each char­ac­ter’s im­me­di­ate per­sonal bub­ble. vimeo.com/user48417496 Daniel Agdag, di­rec­tor & Liz Kear­ney, pro­ducer Pro­duced By: 8th in Line (Aus­tralia) Qual­i­fy­ing Win: Sydney Film Fes­ti­val (Yo­ram Gross An­i­ma­tion Award) Awards: AACTA Award, Dendy Awards, Mel­bourne Int’l Film Fes­ti­val Syn­op­sis: Agdag’s metic­u­lously hand-crafted card­board world re­volves around a thor­ough and prac­ti­cal man named Ed who man­ages the Lost Prop­erty Of­fice. When Ed re­al­izes he’s been made re­dun­dant, he de­cides to re-ap­pro­pri­ate his cher­ished lost ob­jects and bid his base­ment post a whim­si­cal farewell. Lost­prop­er­ty­of­fice.com.au Dave Mullins, di­rec­tor & Dana Mur­ray, pro­ducer Pro­duced By: Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios Qual­i­fy­ing Re­lease: The­atri­cal, with Cars 3 Of­fi­cial Se­lec­tions: San Francisco Int’l Film Fes­ti­val, SXSW Syn­op­sis: Lou is a col­laged crea­ture made up of un­claimed items in a school’s Lost and Found box who col­lects left-be­hind ob­jects after re­cess each day. When a bully starts tak­ing other kids’ toys, Lou leaps to their de­fense – but dis­cov­ers com­pas­sion is bet­ter than pun­ish­ment. Com­poser Christophe Beck ( Trolls, Frozen) com­posed the score. pixar.com/lou Ru Kuwa­hata & Max Porter, di­rec­tors Pro­duced By: IKKI Films (France) Qual­i­fy­ing Win: An­ima Mundi (Grand Prix) Awards: 3D Wire, An­ima Cor­doba, An­necy Int’l An­i­mated Film Fes­ti­val, Busho Film Fes­ti­val, En­coun­ters Film Fes­ti­val, KROK An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val, Pix­e­latl, Turku An­i­mated Film Fes­ti­val, et al. Syn­op­sis: A dad who is al­ways head­ing out the door for a busi­ness trip teaches his son how to pack a suit­case in this bit­ter­sweet, med­i­ta­tive blend of stop-mo­tion and CG an­i­ma­tion, adapted from Ron Ko­ertge’s orig­i­nal poem. The di­rec­tors sought out vis­ceral, tac­tile ma­te­ri­als to key into their child­hood mem­o­ries of sight, sound and touch. ikki­films.com Jakob Schuh & Jan Lachauer, di­rec­tors Pro­duced By: Magic Light Pic­tures Qual­i­fy­ing Re­lease: The­atri­cal run Awards: An­necy Int’l An­i­mated Film Fes­ti­val, BAFTA Chil­dren’s Award, Shang­hai Int’l Film and TV Fes­ti­val, Banff World Me­dia Fes­ti­val Syn­op­sis: A two-part spoofy spe­cial which takes beloved au­thor Roald Dahl’s rhyming rein­ven­tions of clas­sic fairy­tales and rein­ter­prets the clas­sic Quentin Blake il­lus­tra­tions into peppy, charm­ing CG an­i­ma­tion. The BBC TV movie fea­tures the voices of Rob Bry­don, Ber­tie Carvel, Gemma Chan, Tam­sin Greig, David Wal­liams, Rose Les­lie and more. mag­i­clight­pic­tures.com | trig­ger­fish­stu­dios.com The 90th Oscars will be held March 4, 2018 in Hol­ly­wood, broad­cast live on ABC U.S. and more than 225 ter­ri­to­ries world­wide. More info at os­car.go.com.

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