The 2015 Oscar® Nominated Short Films in Theaters January 30, 2015

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unnamedShortsHD is once again bringing the wildly popular OSCAR® Nominated Short Film program (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) to theaters across the globe beginning 30th January.

The theatrical release of The OSCAR® Nominated Short Films has met enthusiastic audiences ever since its launch 10 years ago giving people around the world an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the OSCAR® Awards ceremony on 22nd February.

The OSCAR® Nominated Short Films program will open in over 350 theaters throughout the US and Canada starting30th January and will continue to expand in the following weeks.

Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be available on Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes® Stores in 54 countries, Amazon Instant Video®, Verizon and will be released across the US on VOD/Pay Per View platforms.

For a full list of theaters the short films are playing in, visit: http://shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/dates-locations/  

 

LIVE ACTION

AYA

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Israel & France / 39 mins

Directors: Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun

Producers: Yael Abecassis, Hilel Rozman, Pablo Mehler

Co-writer: Tom Shoval

Production: Cassis Films (Israel), Divine Productions (France)

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.

 

BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM

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UK / 14 mins

Director: Michael Lennox

Producer: Brian J. Falconer

Writer: Ronan Blaney

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.

 

BUTTER LAMP (LA LAMPE AU BEURRE DE YAK)

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France & China / 15 mins

Director: Hu Wei

Producer: Julien Féret

A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.

 

PARVANEH

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Switzerland / 25 mins

Director: Talkhon Hamzavi

Producer: Stefan Eichenberger

A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.

 

THE PHONE CALL

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UK / 21 mins

Director: Mat Kirkby

Writers: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

“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.

 

ANIMATION

 

A SINGLE LIFE

A_SINGLE_LIFE_stillThe Netherlands / 2 mins

Production: Job, Joris & Marieke

When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

FEAST

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USA / 6 mins

Director: Patrick Osborne

Producer: Kristina Reed

“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.

 

ME AND MY MOULTON

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Canada & Norway / 14 mins

Director: Torill Kove

Producers: Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page

Production: Mikrofilm AS in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada

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”.

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE

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UK / 7 mins

Director: Daisy Jacobs

Producer: Christopher Hees 

‘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.

THE DAM KEEPER

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USA / 18 mins

Directors: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Production: Tonko House

 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.

Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.

Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting-style to life like never before. The Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen of television’s Forbrydelsen (The Killing), and BBC’s Sherlock, narrates this timeless fable. Directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi are known for their art direction on such beloved films as Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters University and Toy Story 3.

 

DOCUMENTARY

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1

USA / 39 mins

Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Producer: Dana Perry

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.

JOANNA

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Poland / 40 mins

Director: Aneta Kopacz

Producer: Adam Slesicki

Production: Wajda Studio

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.

OUR CURSE

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Poland / 27 mins

Director: Tomasz Sliwinski

Production: Warsaw Film School

 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.

THE REAPER (LA PARKA)

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Mexico / 29 mins

Director: Gabriel Serra Argüello

Producers: Henner Hofmann, Liliana Pardo, Karla Bukantz

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.

WHITE EARTH

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USA / 20 mins

Director/Producer: J. Christian Jensen

 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.

 

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