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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watch the Oscar-Nominated Short Films in Theaters Before February 22nd

With all the focus on the "major" Oscar nominees this season, it's easy for the (apparently non-major?) categories, like the short films (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary), to quietly slip under the radar. So I think it's great that ShortsHD is giving audiences the opportunity to watch these films on the big screen before the Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, so that they can get the exposure they deserve.

Beginning this Friday, January 30, the nominated short films will open in over 350 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada, and will continue to expand in the following weeks. A list of participating theaters can be found here. Along with the theatrical release, they will be available on Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes® Stores in 54 countries, Amazon Instant Video®, Verizon and will be released across the U.S. on VOD/Pay Per View platforms.

In other words, you'll have no excuse for not having seen these films.

Read up on each nominee below and watch the trailers for the live action and animated shorts here and here.


Israel & France / 39 mins
Directors: Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun
Co-writer: Tom Shoval
Description: Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.

UK / 14 mins
Director: Michael Lennox
Writer: Ronan Blaney
Description: Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch.

France & China / 15 mins
Director: Hu Wei
Description: A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.

Switzerland / 25 mins
Director: Talkhon Hamzavi
Description: A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.

UK / 21 mins
Director: Mat Kirkby
Writers: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Description: “THE PHONE CALL” follows HEATHER, (played by OSCAR® nominee SALLY HAWKINS), a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner JIM BROADBENT) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.


The Netherlands / 2 mins
Description: When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

USA / 6 mins
Director: Patrick Osborne
Description: “FEAST”, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, “PAPERMAN”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Canada & Norway / 14 mins
Director: Torill Kove
Description: One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal."

UK / 7 mins
Director: Daisy Jacobs
Description: 'You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!' hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won't go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

USA / 18 mins
Directors: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Description: The Dam Keeper, an original animated short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. A first-time collaboration between some of the most talented artists in animation, The Dam Keeper made its world premiere as an official selection at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and is slated to make its US premiere at The New York International Children's Film Festival this spring.


USA / 39 mins
Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Description: The timely documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

Poland / 40 mins
Director: Aneta Kopacz
Description: With great visual poetry, 'Joanna' portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

Poland / 27 mins
Director: Tomasz Sliwinski
Description: The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.

Mexico / 29 mins
Director: Gabriel Serra Argüello
Description: Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live.

USA / 20 mins
Director/Producer: J. Christian Jensen
Description: Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. "White Earth" is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.


Anonymous said...

Awesome. I tried to catch all of the nominated shorts last year. I didn't get to all of them, but I got a good chunk done.

Lights Camera Reaction said...

The Phone Call was lovely!

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