Generally between forty to sixty animated shorts qualify annually for the Best Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards. This month the Academy will begin to winnow down those films into what will become a shortlist of ten films, and then finally, five nominees.
Despite the public’s growing interest in short-form animation, the category remains among the most obscure of the Oscar categories. To inspire a better understanding of who the contenders are for this award, we’ve been tracking the animated shorts that have performed strongly at domestic and international film festivals throughout the year, and we’ve combined that data with the Academy’s own list of qualifying film festival awards (download the PDF) to come up with the following list of 30 likely contenders in the Best Animated Short Film category.
Just to be clear: we don’t know whether all of the films on this list have officially qualified for Academy consideration. Also, there will be other films that qualify which aren’t on this list. Having said that, this is the first-ever attempt by any animation media outlet to highlight the contenders in this Oscar category, and you can be certain that at least some of the films on the list will be nominated this year.