2018 Oscars shortlist: 10 semi-finalists for Best Live-Action Short include Student Academy Award winners

A screening committee drawn from the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members has winnowed a record field of 165 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 are three winners of Student Academy Awards in September: Katja Benrath (“Watu Wote”), Jan-Eric Mack (“Facing Mecca”) and Kevin Wilson, Jr. ( “My Nephew Emmett”).

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 90th annual Academy Awards contenders on Jan. 23. All members of the academy will receive DVDs of these nominees and can vote for the winner.

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The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“DeKalb Elementary”
Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA)

“The Eleven O’Clock”
Derin Seale, director (FINCH)

“Facing Mecca”
Jan-Eric Mack, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion)

Daniel Sawka, director, and Camille Cornuel, producer (Iceboxthefilmco)

“Lost Face”
Sean Meehan, director, and Sam McGarry, producer (Soma Films)

“My Nephew Emmett”
Kevin Wilson, Jr., director (New York University)

“Rise of a Star”
James Bort, director, and Boris Mendza, producer (Fulldawa Films)

“The Silent Child”
Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer (Slick Films)

“Watu Wote/All of Us”
Katja Benrath, director (Hamburg Media School)

David Koch, director (Lux for Film, Diez Films and Paradoxal)

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