GUEST SPEAKERS: Join us on Monday February 18th at 7:45p for an introduction, post-film discussion, and group vote with UGA Film Professor Richard Neupert, Mike Hussey, CGI animator and Head of Dramatic Media at UGA, and graduate student animator Jingyi Zhang. Which film would YOU select for the Oscar for Best Animated Short?
For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures proudly presents the Oscar Nominated Short Films to audiences across the globe. This exclusive release features the year's most spectacular short films across Live Action, Animation and Documentary categories, and for a limited time is available to watch on the big screen, giving you the opportunity to see the nominated short films ahead of the Oscar Awards ceremony on February 24th.
ANIMATED SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Films are not rated, suitable for ages 9 and up.
(USA, Dir: Domee Shi, 8 min) An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.
(Ireland, Dir: Louise Bagnall, 10 min) Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
(Canada, Dirs: Alison Snowden and David Fine, 14 min) Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In this latest animated short from the Oscar-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
(USA, Dir: Trevor Jimenez, 16 min) The story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
ONE SMALL STEP
(USA, Dirs: Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, 8 min) Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
In addition to the five nominated films, the program also includes two other acclaimed animated shorts:
(USA, Dirs: Wenli Zhang and Nan Li, 6 min)
(Russia, Dir: Zhanna Bekmambetova, 11 min)