Upcoming: Want to see the 2011 Oscar nominated short films?

Monday, February 21, 2011 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Oscar Short FilmsBrain Wash is a young film collective with festivals in London, Manchester, Birmingham and NYC. They aim to present a programmes of innovative, refreshing and simply interesting shorts.

With the 83rd Academy Awards® taking place on February 27th, Shorts International and Brain Wash are teaming up to offer audiences a rare opportunity to catch this year’s nominated Live Action and Animated short films on the big screen. Frequently the most enigmatic award contenders, these exclusive screenings are the best way to improve your ballot ahead of Oscar® Night.

Shorts International and Brain Wash will present exclusive screenings at the Curzon Soho on 26 and 27 February.

This year’s Best Live Action Short Film nominees will screen on Saturday 26 February at 12 noon. The nominees for Best Animated Short Film will screen on Sunday 27 February at 12 noon.

The UK and Ireland is well-represented this year with Live Action contenders The Confession, The Crush and Wish 143, while the animation selection features The Gruffalo and The Lost Thing.

Both events will give London audiences a unique opportunity to watch the nominated shorts prior to the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony on February 27th. If you want to strengthen your predictions prior to the big night, this will give you the best chance to do so.

The Best Animated Short Film Nominees

Day & Night
When Day, A Sunny Fellow, Encounters Night, A Stranger Of Distinctly Darker Moods, Sparks Fly! Day And Night Are Frightened And Suspicious Of Each Other At First, And Quickly Get Off On The Wrong Foot. But As They Discover Each Other's Unique Qualities - And Come To Realize That Each Of Them Offers A Different Window Onto The Same World - The Friendship Helps Both To Gain A New Perspective.

Director/Writer: Teddy Newton
Producer: Kevin Reher
USA/6 Min

The Gruffalo
Based On The Best-Selling Children’s Book By Julia Donaldson And Alex Scheffler, The Magical Tale Of A Mouse Who Takes A Walk Through The Woods In Search Of A Nut. Encountering Three Predators Who All Wish To Eat Him -- A Fox, An Owl And A Snake -- The Plucky Mouse Has To Use His Wits To Survive, Creating An Imaginary Monster Who Then Turns Out To Be Only Too Real.

Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lange
Writers: Julia Donaldson, Max Lang, Jakob Schuh
Producers: Michael Rose, Martin Pope
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson
UK/27 Min

Let’s Pollute
In The Spirit Of 50's & 60's Educational Films, 'Let's Pollute' Is A Modern Satire On How Pollution Is Our Heritage And Keeps Our Economy Growing Strong, While Instructing Us How To Be Better Polluters For A Better Blighted Tomorrow.

Director/Writer/Producer: Geefwee Boedoe
Cast: Jim Thornton
USA/6 Min

The Lost Thing
A Boy Discovers A Bizarre Looking Creature While Out Collecting Bottle Tops At The Beach. Realising It Is Lost, He Tries To Find Out Who Owns It Or Where It Belongs, But Is Met With Indifference From Everyone Else, Who Barely Notice Its Presence, Each Unwilling To Entertain This Uninvited Interruption To Their Day To Day Lives. For Reasons He Does Not Explain, The Boy Empathises With The Creature, And Sets Out To Find A ‘Place’ For It.

Directors/Writers: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan
Producer: Sophie Byrne
Cast: Tim Minchin
Australia, Uk/15 Min

Madagascar, Carnet De Voyage
This Film Is A Journey Diary That Redraws The Trip Of A European Traveller Confronted With Famadihana Customs. As Pages Of A Diary Turn, Colourful Pencil Sketches Come To Life, Revealing The Majestic Rolling Landscapes Of Madagascar, And Acquainting The Audience To The People Of The Malagasy Culture.

Director: Bastien Dubois
Writer: Bastien Dubois
Producer: Ron Dyens, Aurélia Prévieu
France/11 Min

Best Live Action Short Film Nominees

The Confession
Quiet And Sincere 9-Year-Old Sam Is Worried About Making His First Confession. His Conscience Is Clear, Therefore He Cannot Hope For Any Relief From The Experience. He And His Friend Jacob Decide To Remedy That Situation, But Their Initially Innocent Prank Turns Unexpectedly Tragic.

Director: Tanel Toom
Writer: Caroline Bruckner
Producer: Emily Williams
Cast: Aran Bell, Joe Eales, Lewis Howlett, James Simmons
UK/26 Min

The Crush
Ardal Travis Is In Love. There's Just One Problem. He's An 8 Year Old Schoolboy And The Object Of His Affection Is His Second Class Teacher, Miss Purdy. But When Her Boyfriend Arrives On The Scene Ardal Is Heartbroken. His Reaction, Though, Is A Little Unexpected. He Challenges Miss Purdy's Boyfriend To A Duel. To The Death.

Director/Writer: Michael Creagh
Producer: Damon Quinn
Cast: Charlie Bonner, Neilí Conroy, Oran Creagh, Rory Keenan, Olga Wehrly
Ireland/15 Min

God Of Love
Lounge-Singing Darts Champion Raymond Goodfellow Finds His Prayers Are Answered -- Literally -- When He Receives A Mysterious Package Of Passion-Inducing Darts. The Catch Is That The One Woman He Loves -- Kelly, A Drummer In His Band -- Is Already In Love With Ray's Best Friend Fozzie, The Guitarist In The Band. But When Ray Uses The Darts In A Loony Scheme To Resolve This Strange Romantic Triangle, He Learns A Surprising Lesson About Unrequited Love And Discovers His Own Place In The Universe. Romance Is In The Air In This Bohemian Charmer.

Director/Writer: Luke Matheny
Producers: Gigi Demant, Ryan Silbert, Stefanie Walmsley
Cast: Luke Matheny, Marian Brock, Christopher Hirsh, Emily Young, Miguel Rosales
USA/18 Min

Na Wewe
1994: There Is A Civil War In Burundi, A Small Country In Central Africa That Directly Borders Rwanda. When A Gang Of Hutu Rebels Attack A Minibus, The ‘Selection’ Process Begins. But Who Is A Hutu And Who Is A Tutsi?

Director: Ivan Goldschmidt
Writers: Ivan Goldschmidt, Jean-Luc Pening
Producer: Ivan Goldschmidt
Cast: Renaud Rutten, Floris Kubwimana, Ismaël Kaposho, Issa Rugendo
Belgium, Burundi/19 Min

Wish 143
A Fifteen-Year-Old Boy With Only Months To Live Is Granted One Wish From The Dreamscape Charity. But David Doesn't Want To Go To Disneyland Or Meet Gary Neville; What He Really Wants Is An Hour Alone With A Naked Woman.

Director: Ian Barnes
Writer: Tom Bidwell
Producer: Samantha Waite
Cast: Jim Carter, Jodie Whittaker, Dean Andrews
UK/24 Min

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011 will also be available on iTunes from today (February 22nd).

Shorts International is the world's leading short movie entertainment company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer. With a catalogue of over 3000 short movies, we represent every genre across multiple platforms. Our titles include past Oscar® winners and nominees, festival favourites and revered classics. Through our theatrical distribution efforts, we bring the annual theatrical release of The Oscar® Nominated Short Films to theatres across the US and Canada. The event is now a firm fixture in the release schedules and in 2010 grossed over $1 million at the US box office for the first time.

Brain Wash hosts the very best in bespoke short film and networking events. Our keen eye for emerging talent has seen us showcasing the work of some of the world’s most inspiring filmmakers and collaborating with some of the film industry’s key players. We host regular short film evenings in London, Manchester, Birmingham, New York and Berlin.

Want to see the 2011 Oscar nominated short films?

Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 5DY

12pm, Sat 26 & 12pm Sun 27 February

For more info & tickets:
Head over to the Curzon website