Oscar shortlist: 10 semi-finalists for Best Live-Action Short include Student Academy Award winner

A screening committee drawn from the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members has winnowed a field of 137 entries down to 10 semi-finalists for the Best Live-Action Short Oscar using an averaged scoring system. Among those filmmakers to make the cut is Columbia University’s Jimmy Keyrouz who won a Student Academy Award in September for “Nocturne in Black.” (See the full list below.)

All members of the branch can take part in the second round which kicks off with December screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco and will be done by preferential voting. Five nominees will be announced along with the rest of the Academy Award contenders on Jan. 24. All members of the academy will receive DVDs of these nominees and can vote for the winner.

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“Bon Voyage”
Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer
(Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)

“Ennemis Intérieurs”
Sélim Azzazi, director
(Qualia Films)

“Graffiti”
Lluis Quilez, director
(Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)

“La Femme et le TGV”
Timo von Gunten, director
(arbel gmbh)

“Nocturne in Black”
Jimmy Keyrouz, director
(Columbia University)

“The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy”
Oualid Mouaness, director
(Tricycle Logic)

“Silent Nights”
Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer
(M & M Productions)

“Sing (Mindenki)” Kristof Deák, director
(Meteor Filmstudio)

“Timecode”
Juanjo Giménez, director
(Nadir Films)

“The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé)”
Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer
(Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

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As per the rules, a Live-Action Short Subject is defined as a motion picture “that uses imagery created primarily through practical photographic techniques used to capture physical actors, props, sets, and locations” and that is no more than 40 minutes in length.

Unlike the calendar-year eligibility for most of the other categories at the Oscars, these short films must meet screening requirements between Sept. 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016. They must either: (i) be screened for seven days in either Los Angeles or Manhattan; (ii) win an award at a qualifying festival; or (iii) win a Student Academy Award.

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