LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA)
SPAIN – 30 Minutes
Oscar Nominees: Javier Fesser & Luis Manso
Binta, a 7-year-old girl, sets out to change the life of her young cousin
ERAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY)
Kimuak/SPAIN – 16 Minutes
Oscar Nominee: Borja Cobeaga
When his wife leaves him, Joaquin asks his son to help him persuade his mother-in-law to do the housework.
HELMER & SON
DENMARK – 12 Minutes
Oscar Nominees: Soren Pilmark & Kim Magnusson
A son is called to the rest home, where his father has recently been admitted.
Australian Film Television & Radio School/AUSTRALIA –19 Minutes
Oscar Nominees: Peter Templeman & Stuart Parkyn
Malcolm, a door-to-door Mormon evangelist is in love with a married woman.
WEST BANK STORY
UNITED STATES – 21 Minutes
Oscar Nominee: Ari Sandel
A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank.
ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
THE DANISH POET (Den Danske Dikteren)
National Film Board of Canada / NORWAY & CANADA – 15 Minutes
Oscar Nominee: Torill Kove
Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, takes a holiday in Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset.
Buena Vista/UNITED STATES – 5 Minutes
Oscar Nominee: Gary Rydstrom
A young alien student from a distant world tests the patience of an increasingly weary instructor in a first-time abduction attempt.
THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL
Buena Vista/UNITED STATES – 7 Minutes
Oscar Nominees: Roger Allers & Don Hahn
A tale about a poor young girl who finds visions of happiness in the fiery flames of the matches that she lights to keep warm. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story.
Szimplafilm/HUNGARY – 5 Minutes
Oscar Nominee: Geza M. Toth
Maestro sits in front of a dressing room mirror, and carefully prepares for his grand show.
NO TIME FOR NUTS
20th Century Fox/UNITED STATES – 7 Minutes
Oscar Nominees: Chris Renaud & Michael Thurmeier
While trying to bury a nut during the Ice Age, Scrat uncovers a frozen time machine.
ADDITIONAL ANIMATION SHORTS
A GENTLEMAN’S DUEL
Blur Studio/ UNITED STATES – 7:45 minutes
Director: Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Scott McNally
A seemingly innocent tea party takes a turn for the dramatic when two imperious aristocrats suddenly find themselves competing for the affections of the same fair lady.
Branscome International/UNITED STATES – 5:45 minutes
Director: Bill Plympton
GUIDE DOG is a sequel to the Oscar nominated short GUARD DOG. This time our hero dog helps blind people with typical disastrous results.
ONE RAT SHORT
Charlex Films / UNITED STATES – 10:18 minutes
Director: Alex Weil
The mesmerizing ballet of a discarded food wrapper leads to a New York subway rat into an adventure of love and loss.
AUSTRALIA – 7 MINUTES
Director: Chris Jones
Storm clouds gather as a timid bookworm braves his daily walk to the bus stop. When he discovers what awaits him on board, he realizes he’d have been better off outside in the storm.
WRAITH OF COBBLE HILL
UNITED STATES – 15:33 MINUTES
Director: Adam Parrish King
When teenage Felix, from a deadbeat Brooklyn home, is asked by Mr. H, the kindly corner store owner, to mind his dog while he's away, it's up to Felix either to reciprocate the benevolence Mr. H has always shown him, or perpetuate the neglect handed down as a family legacy.
“Happily this release gives the rest of us a chance to see what we’ve been missing.” – Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
“It’s a testament to the depth of talent in the animation world.” – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
“***1/2” – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News