Oscar shortlist: 10 semi-finalists for Best Animated Short include Disney, Pixar films

A screening committee drawn from the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members has winnowed a field of 69 entries down to 10 semi-finalists for the Best Animated Short Oscar using an averaged scoring system. (See the full list below.)

All members of the branch can take part in the second round which kicks off at year’s end 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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“Blind Vaysha”
Theodore Ushev, director
(National Film Board of Canada)

“Borrowed Time”
Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors
(Quorum Films)

“Happy End”
Jan Saska, director
(FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)

“The Head Vanishes”
Franck Dion, director
(Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)

“Inner Workings”
Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer
(Walt Disney Animation Studios)

“Once upon a Line”
Alicja Jasina, director
(University of Southern California)

“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)

Patrick Osborne, director
(Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)

Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer
(Pixar Animation Studios)

“Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers)”
Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director
(Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)

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As per the rules, an Animated Short Subject is defined as a motion picture “created by using a frame-by-frame technique that usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation – character or abstract – ” 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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