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Oscar Short Film Nominees 2013

News / January 12, 2013

The nominations are in! There are a number of great films this year, and once again, some very notable absences (The Eagleman Stag). Who deserves to win? Click the images to view the film or trailer (if available) then vote below.

Animated Short Film Nominees

Adam and Dog (dir: Minkyu Lee)

Fresh Guacamole (dir: PES)

Head over Heels (dir: Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly)

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" (dir: David Silverman)

Paperman (dir: John Kahrs)

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Live-Action Short Film Nominees

Asad (dir: Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura)

Buzkashi Boys (dir: Sam French and Ariel Nasr)

Curfew (dir: Shawn Christensen)

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) (dir: Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele)

Henry (dir: Yan England)

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Documentary Short Film Nominees

Inocente (dir: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine)

Kings Point (dir: Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider)

Mondays at Racine (dir: Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan)

Open Heart (dir: Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern)

Redemption (dir: Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill)

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  • Mat

    Any ideas on how I could watch this shorts? Last year the live action and animated ones were sold through iTunes but couldn’t get any of the short documentaries. If anybody knows about any links where they could be watched please post them. Thanks!

  • kands6191

    I live near Chicago and last year for the first time an independent theater showed the short documentaries. A different theater always shows the live action and animated. If you are near a big city maybe a theater will be showing them.

  • kands6191

    I live near Chicago and last year for the first time an independent theater showed the short documentaries. A different theater always shows the live action and animated. If you are near a big city maybe a theater will be showing them.

  • http://twitter.com/kung_fuelvis kung_fuelvis

    Still smarting a little that ‘The Eagleman Stag’ didn’t make the cut in the animation category – would have made a worthy winner, let alone a nominee. I haven’t seen all the films in the category, but they must be outstanding to be considered better than Mikey Please’s film. And also better than Emma De Swaef’s ‘Oh Willy’ & Hisko Hulsing’s ‘Junkyard’ which were two other stunning animations that were cut much earlier on.

  • Pauleene

    @Mat “Inocente” is produced by MTV and you can watch it on their website. There also are also 3 of the animated shorts on youtube (but in not so good quality). The rest is probably unavailable, especially for people outside the USA :-(

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    Sadly there aren’t many online this year. One of the doc shorts, Redemption, didn’t even have a still image online. C’mon filmmakers! This is 2013!

  • Majer

    Could you possibly provide me/us with the youtube links for the animated ones? And as far as I know, Inocente isn’t available for non-US viewers. But hopefully I am wrong :-)

  • Mat

    Thanks Pauleene! I’ve already watched the animated and live action ones (through YouTube or iTunes). Still, I haven’t been able to watch any of the documentaries, hopefully they’ll be available on iTunes before Sunday!. Thanks again!

  • Mat

    Thanks Pauleene! I’ve already watched the animated and live action ones (through YouTube or iTunes). Still, I haven’t been able to watch any of the documentaries, hopefully they’ll be available on iTunes before Sunday!. Thanks again!

  • HoPo

    Shorts International releases the Oscar-nominated shorts theatrically. I’m sure that they still don’t make any real money doing this; they do it to promote short films as a viable (financially-viable as well) experience. Having the films available online has undermined this goal. “Unlike Webbies or Ani’s, the Academy Award is designed to award excellence in the making of motion pictures that receive a cinematic release, not an online release. This release of the films on the Internet threatens to destroy 8 years of audience growth and the notion that these film gems are indeed movies — no feature length film would consider a free online release as a marketing tool!”

  • HoPo

    To clarify; I meant to say: Having the films available online *for free* has undermined this goal. I’m all about free stuff on the web, but I would also like to see a return to the days of short films being seen as a profitable business. Because that would mean that we would start to see more than a dozen or so quality short films per year. I’d love to start seeing short films at the theatre (and on DVD) before the movie begins.

  • HoPo

    They are released theatrically each year, as a bundle… you watch all of the shorts back-to-back. You have to catch it when it comes to your local theatre, usually whichever theatre is likely to show independent films.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    It would be great for short filmmaking to be a true, sustainable career option for filmmakers. But I’m pessimistic that’ll happen anytime soon. There have been many opportunities and yet very few careers built on short films alone over the past century. For filmmakers, they’ve long been used as a calling card or stepping stone to features or television. And for that discovery, the internet has vastly improved a filmmaker’s options.

    The real tragedy here is not the modest money the filmmakers will lose from box office receipts but the lost opportunities in marketing themselves or their next project at their most opportune time.

    We can’t deny that Shorts Int’l has a clear vested interest in keeping these films exclusive to paid screenings. But is that best for the filmmaker?

  • KERRY TELEVISION

    Fodhla Cronin-O`Reilly,

    Oscar nominee, short promo` of her

    home village, Cromane, Co.Kerry, Ireland.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2HQH6GM_PI

    Barry Levene

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  • Nick in Wilmington

    I watched the films at the theatre, the last one shown isn’t on the list. It was the fat chickens/turkeys that were rich and in the mansion. Hysterical clip. Can’t find it anywhere? Any suggestions? THanks.

  • Nick in Wilmington

    they are usually released in the theatre the first week of February. Well it was in our town. check the listing, internet to see when the next ones are headed your way. (Check youtube for clips too).

  • Jason Sondhi

    Animation? This one per chance? https://vimeo.com/86295452

  • Nick in Wilmington

    yes, thanks. I found it after about two hours of google search. of course the name has nothing to do with chickens.
    But thanks.

    I wish they would put them on DVD the following year, it would help them to pay for more creations in the future. Love them every time they come to town.