(February 4, 2015 – Vancouver, BC) This city`s Vancity Theatre will be screening all the nominees for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Short Film in both the Live Action and Animation categories. In addition the Vancity Theatre will also be home to a Free screening of the Academy Awards on the big screen on February 22. They say the night will be “complete with gin & tonics, Oscar Bingo, awesome prizes, and more.” These people know how to party!
But first to the shorts, beginning with the Animated category. Here is the list of those films that have been nominated and that will screen over several days beginning this Friday, February 6:
The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/GB Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.
The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA Set in a desolate future, one small town`s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam`s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town.
Feast (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA The story of one man`s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada (pictured above) One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist`s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal.
A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.
The animated shorts screenings will take place on Fri. Feb 6, 6:50pm; Sat. Feb 7, 4:50pm; Sun. Feb 8, 4:50pm; Tue. Feb 10, 6:30pm; Wed. Feb 11, 8:50pm; Thu. Feb 12, 6:30pm; Sat. Feb 14, 2:30pm; Sat. Feb 21, 1:40pm. Click here to buy tickets for these screenings.
Following is the list of Live Action shorts nominated for an Oscar®:
Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel, France Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.
Boogaloo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/GB Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
Butter Lamp (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France, China A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.
Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.
The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/GB (pictured on the right) The Phone Call follows Heather (Sally Hawkins), a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (Jim Broadbent) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
The Oscar-nominated Live Action shorts acreenings will take place on Fri. Feb 6, 8:40pm; Sun. Feb 8, 6:40pm; Tue. Feb 10, 8:20pm; Wed. Feb 11, 6:30pm; Sat. Feb 14, 4:20pm; Thu. Feb 19, 6:30pm; Sat. Feb 21, 11:30am. Click here to buy tickets for these screenings.
To reserve a seat for the free Oscar® night live presentation at Vancity, click here.