2017 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

The animated short films shown at the this program are considered some of the finest in animated shorts from all over the world. The animated shorts program begins at 7:00pm on Friday, February 24.

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Blind Vaysha: dir: Theodore Ushev. Vasyha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze.
Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the
present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities.
“Blind Vaysha,” they called her.

Borrowed Time  dir. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj.  A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward,the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

Pear Cider and Cigarettes  dir: Robert Valley. (SEE IMPORTANT NOTE AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE) Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really like to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough toreceive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

Pearl  dir. Patrick Osborne.  Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing theirdreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

Piper dir. Alan Barillaro. Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, “Piper,” the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem
is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. “Piper” debuted in theaters worldwide with “Finding
Dory” in 2016.

The following films were important animated short films in 2016 and were considered on the "short list" for potential nominees. Even though they were not nominated, they are included in this program: 

The Head Vanishes – dir. Franck Dion, 9 minutes. Jacqueline has lost her mind a bit, but whatever, for her trip to the seaside, she has decided to take the train by herself, like a big girl!

Asteria  – dir: , 5 minutes. Synopsis: Two astronauts go on the conquest of an unknown planet but an unusual situation will put their professionalism to the test.

Once Upon a Line – dir. Alicja Jasina, 7 minutes. A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he meets somebody.

Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the LAST film in the program (affter the additional films). An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Other than PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, the program is acceptable for kids.