2018 Oscar® Nominated Animated Short Films
animated short films screened during this program are considered some of
the finest in animated shorts from all over the world. The animated
shorts program begins at 6:00pm on Friday, March 2.
(Click the titles to view the trailers)
Dear Basketball –
Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 mins.
Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated
with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an
animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then
leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement
announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant,
the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages
with its universal message about love and loss.
Negative Space – Max Porter and Ru
Kuwahata, France, 5 mins.
My dad taught me how to pack.
Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata are a filmmaking
duo based in Baltimore, USA. Collaborating for over a decade as “TINY
INVENTIONS”, they have directed short films, TV commercials, music videos and
comics. Produced by Ikki Films and Manuel Cam Studio in France, “NEGATIVE
SPACE” is their fourth professional film.
Lou – Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7
mins. When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for
a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and
Revolting Rhymes – Jakob Schuh and Jan
Lachauer, UK, 29 mins.
REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Dahl’s
retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The
all-star voice cast is composed of of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon,
Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac
Hempstead Wright. Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by
Quentin Blake, REVOLTING RHYMES was directed by Oscar nominees Jakob Schuh
(“THE GRUFFALO”) and Jan Lachauer (“ROOM ON THE BROOM”), co-directed by Bin-Han
To and produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose (“THE
GRUFFALO”, “ROOM ON THE BROOM”, “CHICO” and “RITA”). The animation was created
at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape
Garden Party –
Victor Caire and Gabriel
Grapperon, France 7 mins. In a deserted rich house, a couple of
amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.
following films were important animated short films in 2017 and
were considered on the "short list" as potential nominees. Even though
they were not nominated, they are included in this program for your consideration:
Lost Property Office -- dir. Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 mins.
Ed is a thorough and practical custodian of
a large city transit’s Lost Property Office. In many ways he is as lost as the
items he is tasked to look after. Alone, in the basement office, he is kept
company by a tiny toy robot and an old gramophone, both of which he has
lovingly restored after finding them lost and broken at train stations. It also
becomes clear that Ed has been made redundant and by no means because of the
lack of his fastidious efforts – it just seems nobody visits the Lost Property
Office much any more. As the end of the day approaches and the sun begins to
dip, so too does Ed’s mood and demeanour. But rather than abandon his beloved
Lost Property Office and all the forgotten relics he has cared for, he decides
to re-appropriate them. What emerges from the darkened basement is wondrous and
Weeds -- dir. Kevin Hudson, US, 3 mins. The story of a dandelion,
rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard surrounded by dry
dirt and dead grass. Just across the concrete lies another yard, where the
sprinklers spray water endlessly, and the greener grass holds the promise of a
better life. While watching helplessly as its fellow weeds wither away and die,
the dandelion faces a decision: take action or suffer the same fate.
Achoo – dir: Lucas Boutrot, Élise Carret,
Maoris Creantor, Pierre Hubert, Camille Lacroix, Charlotte Perroux, France, 7
mins. In ancient China, a little dragon who can't breathe fire will fight to
overcome his weakness in order to take part in the New Year’s celebration.