The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013

HEAD OVER HEELS, an animated short directed by Timothy Reckart. Picture courtesy ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures. All rights reserved.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 (2013)

Opened: 02/01/2013 Limited

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ShortsHD™ is once again bringing the wildly popular OSCAR® nominated short film programs (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) to theaters in the US, Canada, and Europe beginning February 1st.

The theatrical release of the Academy Award Nominated Short Films has been met by enthusiastic audiences ever since the first release in 2006, giving people around the world an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards ceremony on February 24th.

The three OSCAR® Nominated Short Film releases will open in over 200 theaters throughout the US, Canada and Europe starting February 1st, and will continue to expand in the following weeks. A list of participating cinemas is available here.

Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be available On Demand via US cable and satellite distributors and in iTunes Stores in 54 countries across the globe beginning February 19th.



Director: Timothy Reckart

Producer: Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly

Synopsis: After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, parallel lives, never talking, barely even looking at each other. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.

Director's Biography: Timothy Reckart is an animator and director specializing in stop motion animation. He has a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and an MA in directing animation from the National Film & Television School. His experience in stop motion includes work at Aardman Animations on Shaun the Sheep and The Pirates: Band of Misfits, as well as an internship in commercial stop motion at Bent Image Lab (Portland, Oregon). Head Over Heels is his debut animated short. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Timothy now lives in New York City.


Director: David Silverman

Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Richard Sakai and Richard Raynis

Synopsis: Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.

Director's Biography: Born on Long Island, New York, and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, David Silverman began drawing at age four, and he's never found a good reason to stop. Winning several student film awards during his academic career helped him to focus on developing his abilities. Attending the UCLA Animation Workshop brought his talent to the attention of others in the animation community.

Much of David's career has revolved around The Simpsons. After receiving his M.F.A from UCLA in 1983, he freelanced in illustration and animation. In 1987, he landed a job animating on The Tracey Ullman Show, where The Simpsons got their start as short segments. Animating on all 48 shorts led to David directing many of the first episodes when The Simpsons became a series, including The Simpsons Christmas Special in December 1989, and the premiere episode a month later. David became Supervising Animation Director as well as a producer on the show in 1992. To date, he has directed 22 episodes of The Simpsons, winning 4 Emmys along the way.

In the midst of his success with The Simpsons, David was wooed away first to DreamWorks (The Road to El Dorado - co-director), and then to Pixar (Monsters, Inc. - co-director), Blue Sky (Ice Age, Robots - writing and storyboarding), and then Warner Bros (Looney Tunes: Back In Action - storyboarding for Animation Director Eric Goldberg.) He returned to the series at the end of 2003, again as Supervising Director. He was later chosen to direct the much anticipated film, The Simpsons Movie, released in 2007. Presently, David has a number of projects in development, including directing a live-action feature, and he continues on The Simpsons as a consulting producer.

PAPERMAN, USA, 7 Minutes

Director: John Kahrs

Producer: Kristina Reed

Synopsis: From first-time Director John Kahrs, "Paperman" tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

Director's Biography: John Kahrs grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York State where he showed an early interest in animation. He began experimenting with Super-8 cameras and flipbooks when he probably should have been doing his homework. After graduating from art school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kahrs landed a job as the first animator under director Chris Wedge at Blue Sky Studios in New York.

Kahrs relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in 1997 when he was hired by Pixar Animation Studios to work as an animator. Over the next 10 years, he lent his animation skills to nearly every Pixar feature film - from A Bug's Life to Ratatouille - and also served as lead animator for the character Sully in Monsters, Inc.

In 2007, Kahrs relocated to Los Angeles to take on the role of supervising animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Alongside Glen Keane and Clay Kaytis, Kahrs supervised the animation on the 2010 hit film Tangled. He resides in Torrance, Calif., and holds a keen interest in aviation and photography.


Director: Adam Pesapane (PES)

Producers: PES and Sarah Phelps

Synopsis: Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Director's Biography: PES is frequently cited as one of the most unique video artists of his generation. His signature style of animation with objects blends a pop art sensibility with touches of surrealism. His first short Roof Sex won the "Best First Film" award at the Annecy Animation Festival in 2002 and went on to receive 25 million+ hits online. His short, Western Spaghetti, was named #2 Viral Video of the Year by TIME Magazine and won at Sundance in 2009. His most recent film, Fresh Guacamole, premiered in front of Academy Award winner The Artist and was recently nominated for a 2013 OSCAR®.

PES has been featured in a wide variety of publications and venues, from The New York Times to the front pages of YouTube in 22 countries, from underground film festivals to major art institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. His work has been screened and awarded in film festivals worldwide and his films have received a hundred million views online. He has also directed dozens of commercials for major brands including Playstation, Scrabble, and Bacardi.

PES is currently developing a feature film based on the Garbage Pail Kids franchise with Michael Eisner's Tornante Company.

ADAM AND DOG, USA, 16 Minutes

Director: Minkyu Lee

Synopsis: The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam - and with that discovers a new found connection to the world.

Director Biography's: Minkyu Lee is a writer, director, and animator currently working as a visual development artist and character designer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation, and his animation can be seen in Disney's films such as Princess and the Frog, and Winnie the Pooh. His character design work is featured in Wreck-it Ralph, and the upcoming Disney's Frozen. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film Adam and Dog, which won the Annie Award for Best Short Film in 2012.

Live Action


Director: Bryan Buckley

Producer: Mino Jarjoura

Executive Producers: Kevin Byrne, Hank Perlman

Associate Producer: Matt Lefebvre

Synopsis: Set in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, an all-Somali, refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man.

Director's Biography: Bryan Buckley, a veteran commercial director and co-owner of Hungry Man Productions, has been directing since the mid-90s. Over the last decade he has directed more than 40 Super Bowl commercials and was dubbed King of the Super Bowl by the New York Times. Many pieces of Buckley's work have been inducted into the Museum Of Modern Art's permanent collection and he is an esteemed recipient of the DGA award, Emmy's and many Cannes Lions.


Director: Sam French

Producer: Ariel Nasr

Synopsis: Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth. Shot on location in Kabul city by an alliance of Afghan and international film makers, Buzkashi Boys is a look at the life that continues beyond the headlines of war in Afghanistan.

Director's Biography: A founding director of Development Pictures in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sam French is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, HBO, and other broadcast outlets. Sam directed Buzkashi Boys, one of the first narrative fiction films to be shot entirely on location in Kabul.

CURFEW, USA, 19 Minutes

Director: Shawn Christensen

Producers: Damon Russell, Mara Kassin, Andrew Napier

Synopsis: At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for the evening.

Director's Biography: Shawn Christensen graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design. After graduating, he formed indie rock band Stellastarr* and, while on tour, wrote and sold many screenplays, including Sidney Hall (Scott Free Productions) and Karma Coalition (Warner Bros.). His short film Brink, was an Official Selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and won "Best Festival Film of the Year" by His latest short film, Curfew, has won over 40 awards in Film Festivals around the world and is currently nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for the 85th Academy Awards.

DEATH OF A SHADOW (DOOD VAN EEN SCHADUW), Belgium/France, 20 Minutes

Director: Tom Van Avermaet

Producer: Ellen De Waele

Synopsis: Soldier Nathan died during World War I. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10,000 captured shadows. It is love that guides him, as his purpose is to meet Sarah again, the woman he fell in love with before he died. But then he discovers that she's already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him towards a bitter decision, not without consequences.

Director's Biography: Born on the 22th of July 1982, Tom Van Avermaet has always had one specific goal in his life, namely that of being a storyteller. Fascinated by the celluloid dreamscape that cinema provided, Tom quickly decided that the best way to fulfil that lofty goal, was by picking up the cinematic paintbrush himself. Whilst enrolled in his last year of film school at the RITS in Belgium, he completed his first short film DREAMTIME - Droomtijd (2006), with which he graduated with honours. The film went on to complete a successful national & international festival run with over 60 festival selections and numerous awards (among which a nomination for the Melies D'or for best European fantastic Short Film). Starring in his first professional short film DEATH OF A SHADOW (2012) are Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust & Bone), Laura Verlinden, Peter Van Den Eede and Benjamin Ramon. Influenced by the great 'surrealists' of the international world of cinema (Guillermo Del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Raoul Servais...) and inspired by the mythology and mystery of fantasy tales and comic books, Tom hopes to bring his passion for the fantastic and the imaginative to life with future projects, be they commercials, music videos, short or long narrative fiction.

In production with Mollywood, Perspective Films, Digital Graphics and distributed by Premium Films.

HENRY, Canada, 21 Minutes

Director: Yan England

Producer: Yan England

Synopsis: Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of this life, Maria, disappears mysteriously. He'll then discover the inevitable verdict of life.

Director's Biography: HENRY is Yan England's second short film as writer, director, and producer. His first one, MOI received international acclaim winning a dozen awards while being shown in more than thirty festivals around the world. Furthermore, he was among the list of short films eligible for the Academy Awards.

A young talented actor, Yan lived in Los Angeles for a 5-year period in order to perfect his acting skills. Upon his return to Canada, his career blossomed. He can be seen in many television series and films for which he has also received various awards. Film being his passion, he is actively pursuing writing and directing. HENRY is a personal film inspired by his grand-father's last moments in life, which he wished to honor.

He produced HENRY without any financial backing. Due to the generosity of talented actors, and a professional film crew, he now has the immense privilege to be an Academy Award Nominee.



Director: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Synopsis: INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist's fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. Hers is not just a story of survival, but of resilience. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvas creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past - a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse, an alcoholic and defeated mother of four who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge together, and an endless shuffle year after year through the city's overcrowded homeless shelters. Told entirely in her words, we come to Inocente's story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to tale control of her own destiny. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America -- children.


Director: Sari Gilman

Synopsis: With Kings Point, director Sari Gilman tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort-men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection. A bittersweet look at our national obsession with self-reliance,Kings Point explores the dynamic tension between living and aging-between our desire for independence and our need for community-and underscores our powerful ambivalence toward growing old.


Director: Cynthia Wade

Synopsis: Every third Monday of the month, in brassy Long Island, sisters Cynthia and Rachel open up their hair salon, called Racine, and offer free beauty services for women undergoing chemotherapy. Determined to make their customers feel beautiful, the glamour duo knows that Mondays at Racine goes beyond purple painted toes or a frothy facial. The sisters are determined to give women who are losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes a sense of normalcy and dignity in a traumatic and uncertain time. The story of what hair means in our culture quickly unfolds into an unexpected look at womanhood, marriage and survival.


Director: Kief Davidson

Synopsis: Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life-or-death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan. Their hearts ravaged by a treatable disease from childhood strep throat, the kids have only months to live. Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza, Rwanda's lone government cardiologist, as he fights to save the lives of his young patients, and Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center's head surgeon who must convince Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir's government to keep Africa's only link to life-saving cardiac surgery free of charge for the millions who need it.


Director: Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill

Synopsis: In the documentary Redemption, filmmakers Jon Alpert & Matthew O'Neill closely follow this growing army of New Yorkers whose treasures are in the trash. The film is a chance to meet the marginalized masses we often rush past on our way to catch a bus or make a meeting. They are poor but proud New Yorkers - people who don't ask for a handout - people whose hands rake through the discards of our lives - building their lives one nickel at a time.