2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animated

The shorts...offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.

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The 2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animated

For the tenth consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 30th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

ME AND MY MOULTON (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada/English.
Director: Torill Kove
Producers: Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page
Production: Mikrofilm AS in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada
Synopsis: 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.”

FEAST (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue.
Director: Patrick Osborne
Producer: Kristina Reed
Synopsis: “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.

THE BIGGER PICTURE (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/UK/English.
Director: Daisy Jacobs
Producer: Christopher Hees
Synopsis: '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.

A SINGLE LIFE (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands/Non-dialogue.
Directors: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen
Production: Job, Joris & Marieke
Synopsis: When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

THE DAM KEEPER (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue.
Directors: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Production: Tonko House
Synopsis: 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.

ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS:
Sweet Cocoon
Footprints
Gallant Captain OR Duet (to be determined)
Bus Story
Runtime
82
Language
English
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