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2014 Academy Award® Short Film Nominees

 

Animated  

 

Get a Horse!     USA / 6 min

Walt Disney Animation Studios' innovative new short "Get A Horse!" is a contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that's paired with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking in the same frame.

 

Mr. Hublot     Luxembourg/France / 11min

Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made partially of mechanical parts, drive huge vehicles and rub shoulders with each other. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion...

 

Feral     USA / 13 min

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

 

Possessions     Japan / 14 min

The 18th Century. On a stormy night, deep in the mountains, a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the space suddenly turns into a room in a different world. One after another appear abandoned umbrellas, discarded kimonos, and such spectral things. The man painstakingly mends these paraphernalia, which harbor deep-seated bitterness, and brings them comfort. “How well you served people before you turned to rags. Your rest is earned.”

 

Room on the Broom     United Kingdom / 25 min

This film is based on the children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone.

 

 

Live Action

Helium     Denmark / 23 min

A hospital's eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.

 

The Voorman Problem     United Kingdom / 13 min

Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman's claim: why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium?

 

Just Before Losing Everything     France / 30 min

While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.

 

That Wasn’t Me     Spain / 24 min

Two characters, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in common will get to join their lives forever through a life-giving shot.

 

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?     Finland / 7 min

Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father's shirt and hidden the girls' dresses and the wedding gift?

 

 

Documentary

The Lady in Number 6   Canada / 38 min

109 year old Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor, shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.

 

Karama Has No Walls   Yemen, UK & United Arab Emirates / 26 min

This film is set in Change Square, in Yemen's capital city Sana'a where members of a heavily armed population set aside their weapons, and peacefully assembled in early 2011 to demand the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33 year autocratic rule. As pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protesters and injured a thousand more, the Yemen nation was shaken to its core and the masses flocked to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. Through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the tragic events of the day as they unfolded from a prayer gathering into a barrage of bullets.

 

Facing Fear     USA / 23 min

The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime attack collide by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. They proceed to embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration... and friendship.

 

Cavedigger     USA / 39 min

Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, eighth wonder of the world art caves into the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.

 

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall     USA / 40 min

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, an HBO Documentary Film, is a moving cinéma vérité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America's oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him.

 

 

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