2018 Oscar® Nominated Animated Short Films

The 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.

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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 Found” box.

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 Town.

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.

The 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 whimsical.

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.