Oscars shorts get longer exposure

In advance of the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, the contenders for Best Animated, Documentary and Live Action Shorts are getting theatrical releases via Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International.

This marks the seventh year that the partnership is bringing these contenders to a wider audience. Last year’s screenings earned over $1.35 million.This year’s series unspools on Feb. 10.

Says Carter Pilcher, chief executive of Shorts International: “This year’s Oscar nominated short films ride the wave of the rapidly growing popularity of short movies. Audiences are watching them and filmmakers are responding.”

This year’s contenders will also be available for individual purchase via iTunes beginning Feb. 21.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
“Dimanche/Sunday” 
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” 
“La Luna” 
“A Morning Stroll” 
“Wild Life” 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” 
“God Is the Bigger Elvis” 
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
“Pentecost” 
“Raju”
“The Shore” 
“Time Freak” 
“Tuba Atlantic” 

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