One of the most entertaining categories at the Academy Awards — and one of the least heralded — is for the Best Animated Short Subject. We are screening the five nominees in that category along with two films short-listed for a nomination. So there will be seven films in all totaling 76 minutes
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR / CANADA / 14 MIN
Directors: ALISON SNOWDEN and DAVID FINE
Synopsis: Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals.
In “ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR”, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
BAO / USA / 8 MIN
Director: DOMEE SHI
Synopsis: An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.
LATE AFTERNOON / IRELAND / 10 MIN
Director: LOUISE BAGNALL
Synopsis: Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
ONE SMALL STEP / USA and CHINA / 8 MIN
Directors: ANDREW CHESWORTH and BOBBY PONTILLAS
Synopsis: Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
WEEKENDS / USA / 15 MIN
Director: TREVOR JIMENEZ
Synopsis: “WEEKENDS” is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
WISHING BOX / USA / 5 MIN
Directors: WENLI ZHANG, NAN LI
A pirate, a monkey and a treasure box walk into a bar…and set the stage for this amazing animated short film. After years sailing the sea, Derek the pirate and his sidekick monkey finally find a treasure box- a magic box that can make your wildest wishes come true.
TWEET TWEET / RUSSIA / 11 MIN
Director: Zhanna Bekmambetova
Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited, we forget we walk on a rope.