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OSCAR® Nominated Shorts : Animation

Animated Short Films (86 -mins.) | WATCH Trailer.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 6:30pm | Thursday, Feb. 25 @ 8:45pm
Coarse language + nudity : Not recommended for children under age 14.

TICKETS: $15 (Advance). $15 at the door (CASH ONLY), 1-hour before showtime.  BUY Tickets NOW!

SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM | Dir. Sanjay Patel | USA | 7-mins.
Synopsis: In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. WATCH Trailer.

WORLD OF TOMORROW | Dir. Don Hertzfeldt | USA | 17-mins.
Synopsis: A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.  WATCH Trailer.

BEAR STORY | Dir. Gabriel Osorio | Chile | 11-mins.
Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.  WATCH Trailer.

WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS | Dir. Konstantin Bronzit | Russia | 16-min
Synopsis: Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.  WATCH Trailer.

PROLOGUE | Dir. Richard Williams | UK | 6-mins.
Synopsis: Clocking in at six minutes, PROLOGUE describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.  WATCH Trailer.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: If I Was God | Dir. Cordell Baker | Canada | 9-mins.
While dissecting a frog in Biology class, a 12-year-old boy who senses the approaching power of adulthood speculates about what he would do if he were God. This darkly whimsical, semi-autobiographical 3D animated short was directed by two-time Oscar®-nominated animator and long-time NFB filmmaker Cordell Barker.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse | France | 7-mins.
Synopsis: A hungry grey fox sets out for a morning hunt, hoping to find a tasty rodent to snack on. But the mouse he finds is no ordinary mouse…

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Loneliest Spotlight | Dir. Bill Plympton | USA | 6-mins.
Synopsis: The life and times of a neglected stoplight, voiced by Patton Oswalt.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Catch It | France | 5-mins.
Synopsis: A group of meerkats takes care of its beloved and unique fruit near their burrow, but a vulture intends to disturb their peace of mind. A chase begins in the savannah.

OSCAR® Nominated Shorts : Animation

Animated Short Films (86 -mins.) | WATCH Trailer.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 6:30pm | Thursday, Feb. 25 @ 8:45pm
Coarse language + nudity : Not recommended for children under age 14.

TICKETS: $15 (Advance). $15 at the door (CASH ONLY), 1-hour before showtime.  BUY Tickets NOW!

SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM | Dir. Sanjay Patel | USA | 7-mins.
Synopsis: In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. WATCH Trailer.

WORLD OF TOMORROW | Dir. Don Hertzfeldt | USA | 17-mins.
Synopsis: A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.  WATCH Trailer.

BEAR STORY | Dir. Gabriel Osorio | Chile | 11-mins.
Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.  WATCH Trailer.

WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS | Dir. Konstantin Bronzit | Russia | 16-min
Synopsis: Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.  WATCH Trailer.

PROLOGUE | Dir. Richard Williams | UK | 6-mins.
Synopsis: Clocking in at six minutes, PROLOGUE describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.  WATCH Trailer.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: If I Was God | Dir. Cordell Baker | Canada | 9-mins.
While dissecting a frog in Biology class, a 12-year-old boy who senses the approaching power of adulthood speculates about what he would do if he were God. This darkly whimsical, semi-autobiographical 3D animated short was directed by two-time Oscar®-nominated animator and long-time NFB filmmaker Cordell Barker.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse | France | 7-mins.
Synopsis: A hungry grey fox sets out for a morning hunt, hoping to find a tasty rodent to snack on. But the mouse he finds is no ordinary mouse…

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Loneliest Spotlight | Dir. Bill Plympton | USA | 6-mins.
Synopsis: The life and times of a neglected stoplight, voiced by Patton Oswalt.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Catch It | France | 5-mins.
Synopsis: A group of meerkats takes care of its beloved and unique fruit near their burrow, but a vulture intends to disturb their peace of mind. A chase begins in the savannah.

OSCAR® Nominated Shorts : Live Action

LIVE ACTION Shorts (107-mins.) | WATCH Trailer.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 8:30pm | Thursday, Feb. 25 @ 6:30pm
Coarse language + nudity : Not recommended for children under age 14.

TICKETS: $15 (Advance). $15 at the door (CASH ONLY), 1-hour before showtime.  BUY Tickets NOW!

AVE MARIA | Dir. Basil Khalil | Palestine/France/Germany | 15-mins.
Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.  WATCH Trailer.

SHOK | Dir. Jamie Donoughue | Kosovo/UK | 21-mins.
Synopsis: In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives. WATCH Trailer.

EVERYTHING WILL BE OK | Dir. Patrick Vollrath | Germany/Austria | 30-mins.
Synopsis: Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey. WATCH Trailer.

STUTTERER | Dir. Benjamin Cleary | UK/Ireland | 12-mins.
Synopsis: For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.  *STUTTERER was an Official Selection at our 2015 EIFF!  WATCH Trailer.

DAY ONE | Dir. Henry Hughes | USA | 25-mins.
Synopsis: On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor. WATCH Trailer.

OSCAR® Nominated Shorts : Live Action

LIVE ACTION Shorts (107-mins.) | WATCH Trailer.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 8:30pm | Thursday, Feb. 25 @ 6:30pm
Coarse language + nudity : Not recommended for children under age 14.

TICKETS: $15 (Advance). $15 at the door (CASH ONLY), 1-hour before showtime.  BUY Tickets NOW!

AVE MARIA | Dir. Basil Khalil | Palestine/France/Germany | 15-mins.
Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.  WATCH Trailer.

SHOK | Dir. Jamie Donoughue | Kosovo/UK | 21-mins.
Synopsis: In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives. WATCH Trailer.

EVERYTHING WILL BE OK | Dir. Patrick Vollrath | Germany/Austria | 30-mins.
Synopsis: Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey. WATCH Trailer.

STUTTERER | Dir. Benjamin Cleary | UK/Ireland | 12-mins.
Synopsis: For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.  *STUTTERER was an Official Selection at our 2015 EIFF!  WATCH Trailer.

DAY ONE | Dir. Henry Hughes | USA | 25-mins.
Synopsis: On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor. WATCH Trailer.

People’s Choice Award Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS to Directors DAMON KWAME MASON and JAMAL

This year’s People’s Choice Award winners were announced at the Closing Night After-Party on October 10.  Thousands of ballots were tallied and entered into our fancy schmancy spreadsheet.   We are thrilled to announce that this year’s People’s Choice Award for FEATURE FILM goes to Director Damon Kwame Mason for his documentary (and his first feature film), SOUL ON ICE: Past, Present and Future.

October 1 – 10, 2015

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