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2017 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: ANIMATION

  • Ticket Price: $12
  • Rating: NR
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Director: Theodore Ushev, Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Robert Valley, Patrick Osborne, Alan Barillaro
  • Format: DCP
  • Year: 2016

The theatrical release of the Academy Award Nominated Short films has been met by enthusiastic audiences for eleven years. This year, Nitehawk is pleased to present the 2017 OSCAR® Nominated Short Films in the LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION categories!

The 2017 OSCAR® Nominated Short Films: ANIMATION are:

BLIND VAYSHA
Canada / 8 mins / 2016
Director: Theodore Ushev
Producer: Marc Bertrand

Synopsis: Vasyha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze.
Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. “Blind Vaysha,” they called her. In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of living in present moment. Designed in 3D and also available in 2D as well as in virtual reality (VR). Based on the short story “Blind Vaysha” by Georgi Gospodinov. © Georgi Gospodinov, 2001

BORROWED TIME
United States of America / 7 mins / 2015
Directors: Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Producers: Amanda Deering Jones

Synopsis: A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
Canada and UK / 35 mins / 2016
Director: Robert Valley
Producer: Cara Speller

Synopsis: Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really like to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

PEARL
United States of America / 6 mins / 2016
Director: Patrick Osborne
Producer: David Eisenmann

Synopsis: Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

PIPER
United States of America / 6 mins / 2016
Director: Alan Barillaro 
Producer: Marc Sondheimer

Synopsis: Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, “Piper,” the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. “Piper” debuted in theaters worldwide with “Finding Dory” in 2016.