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2018 Animated Short Oscar: A List Of Qualified Films In the Category (EXCLUSIVE)

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will find out next week what animated shorts have qualified for the animated short category of the Academy Awards.

However, Cartoon Brew has been tracking the category all year long, and we present below an exclusive list of 60+ films that are known to have qualified for the animated short category. These films will be viewed and voted upon by members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch between mid-October through Thanksgiving, at which point the Academy will publicly announce a shortlist of 10 films. Those 10 films will then be voted on again to determine the final five Oscar nominees.

There are three different ways to qualify for the animated short film category:

  1. The film must have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival. The list of film festivals and the specific awards at those festivals that can qualify a film can be found in this pdf.
  2. The picture must have been publicly exhibited for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a run of at least seven consecutive days with at least one screening a day prior to public exhibition or distribution by any non-theatrical means. The picture also must appear in the theater listings along with the appropriate dates and screening time(s).
  3. The film must have won a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal award in the Academy’s 2017 Student Academy Awards competition in the Animation, Narrative, Alternative or Foreign Film category.

Some caveats: Even though all of the films in our list are technically qualified, it is not known if the filmmakers actually took the extra step of entering their films into the Oscar competition. Also, because of the public exhibition option, other films may have qualified without our knowledge. The entire list of qualified films won’t be known until the Academy presents the eligible films to their membership.

Despite these unknowns, this list is the most accurate public document at this date and offers a valuable look at what films will compete for the award this year. Cartoon Brew believes it’s important to get out as much information as possible about this category because traditionally there hasn’t been as much attention paid to this category as to other Oscar categories.

Animated shorts certainly deserve a more careful look. These films are at the vanguard of innovation in our artform. If you want fresh concepts, storytelling approaches, styles, and techniques in animation, this year’s line-up of excellent projects provides all of that and more.

More will be written about the contenders when the Academy’s long-list becomes available to its members, but for now, we present this preliminary list of qualified films (in alphabetical order) so that animation fans may familiarize themselves with the likely contenders.

A Dad – Robert Cambrinus (Austria)
"A Dad" by Robert Cambrinus.

A Love Story – Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara (UK)

Among the Black Waves – Anna Budanova (Russia)

An Island – Rory Byrne (Ireland)

Call of Cuteness – Brenda Lien (Germany)

Cerulia – Sofía Carrillo (Mexico)

Coin Operated – Nicholas Arioli (USA)

Confino – Nico Bonomolo (Italy)

Cop Dog – Bill Plympton (USA)
"Cop Dog" by Bill Plympton.

Cradle – Devon Manney (USA)

Darrel – Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes (Spain)

Dear Basketball – Glen Keane (USA)
"Dear Basketball" by Glen Keane.

E-delivery – Young Gul Cho (USA)

Ein Aus Weg – Simon Steinhorst, Hannah Lotte Stragholz (Germany)

Eternal Hunting Grounds – Elin Grimstad (Norway/Estonia)

Everything – David OReilly (USA)

Follow Your Heart – Rob O’Neill (USA)

Fox and The Whale – Robin Joseph (Canada)

Garden Party – Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Na (France)

Goose in High Heels – John Dilworth (USA)

Green Light – Seongmin Kim (South Korea)

Gros Chagrin – Céline Devaux (France)

Heads Together – Job, Joris & Marieke (Netherlands)

Hedgehog’s Home – Eva Cvijanović (Canada/Croatia)

Here’s the Plan – Fernanda Frick (Chile)

Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw) – Renee Zhan (USA)

Hot Dog Hands – Matt Reynolds (USA)

Hugo Bumfeldt – Éva Katinka Bognár (Hungary)

I Like Girls – Diane Obomsawin (Canada)

Impossible Figures and Other Stories II – Marta Pajek (Poland)

In A Heartbeat – Beth David, Esteban Bravo (USA)

In a Nutshell – Fabio Friedli (Switzerland)

Life Smartphone – Chenglin Xie (China)

Lost Property Office – Daniel Agdag (Australia)

Lou – Dave Mullins (USA)

Love – Réka Bucsi (Hungary/France)

Mr. Madila – Rory Waudby-Tolley (UK)

My Heart Attack by Sheldon Cohen (Canada)

Negative Space – Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter (France)

Nighthawk – Špela Čadež (Slovenia/Croatia)

Nothing Happens – Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot (Denmark/France)

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers (USA)

Once A Hero – Xia Li (USA/China)

Puppy – Genndy Tartakovsky (USA)

Pussy – Renata Gasiorowska (Poland)

Railment – Shunsaku Hayashi (Japan)

Revolting Rhymes – Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh (Germany/UK)

Song of a Toad – Kariem Saleh (Germany)

Spring Jam – Ned Wenlock (New Zealand)
"Spring Jam" by Ned Wenlock.

Strange Case – Zbigniew Czapla (Poland)
"Strange Case" by Zbigniew Czapla.

Taller de Corazones (The Heart Workshop) – León Fernandez.

The Burden – Niki Lindroth Von Bahr (Sweden)

The Absence of Eddy Table – Rune Spaans (Norway)

The Bald Future – Paul Cabon (France)

The History of Magic: Ensueno – José Luis González (USA)
"The History of Magic: Ensueno" by José Luis González.

The Itching – Dianne Bellino (USA)

The Talk: True Stories About the Birds and the Bees – Alain Delannoy (Canada)

The Tesla World Light – Matthew Rankin (Canada)

Threads – Torill Kove (Canada/Norway)

Ugly – Nikita Diakur (Germany)

Weeds by Kevin Hudson USA)

Wednesday with Goddard – Nicolas Ménard (UK)

Whatever the Weather – Remo Scherrer (Switzerland)

Wicked Girl – Ayce Kartal (France)

World of Tomorrow, Episode 2 – Don Hertzfeldt (USA)
"World of Tomorrow, Episode 2" by Don Hertzfeldt.

Xylophone – Jennifer Levonian (USA)

  • I’m really hoping for either ‘Here’s The Plan’ or ‘Hugo Bumfeldt’ to win the Academy Award for best animated short film. But then again, whichever animated short films that get nominated for the award, I’ll take either of them as the winner…

    …but not Disney or Pixar. Oh dear God, please let it not be Disney or Pixar.

    • HN

      What’s your problem with Disney or Pixar? Their latest releases (save for the Cars films and to some extent The Good Dinosaur) are almost always with good quality. Now, if you say Illumination or Blue Sky, then I can agree with you because their latest releases have been lame and mediocre at best.

      • My problem with Disney & Pixar is that they’re always rehashing the same tiresome stories that we’ve all seen a gazillion times before. You know, the ‘following your dreams’, be yourself, curse/spell that needs to be broken, love at first sight, the ‘I want more!’ mentality, the obvious villain that’s wants to take over the land/world/, all of this has been a ongoing thing ever since they’ve pretty much started making feature length movies. It made have worked back then, but now and days, the formula just feels extremely stale in comparison to what other animation studios do. Heck, in my opinion, movies from other studios such as Tonko House, Cartoon Saloon and some of Sanrio’s older work do a much better job on telling memorable stories that leaves more of a emotional impact to the viewer. Plus, they all go way beyond of ‘following your dreams’.

        I love Disney and all, but for fucks sake, they’re not the Jesus Christ of the animation industry and I wish so many Disney fans would stop treating them that way!! There’s more to the animation industry than Disney & Pixar. Also, please give the other animation studios a chance to shine in the spotlight! And I’m not talking about the ones right here in the states, I’m talking about the indie studios from overseas that truly do put so much heart & soul into their work and the fact that the Academy shoves them all off to the side in favor of Disney & Pixar makes me very sad.

        • TonicGesture

          I get your opinion, Polish Gent. For me your criticisms apply more to Disney than Pixar, but even though 10 out of the 15 films awarded Best Animated Feature are Disney/Pixar movies, 12 out of the 16 short films awarded Best Animated Short Film this century are not made by either Disney and Pixar, so there is more balance to this category if it can cheer you up. Too much cynicism could cause your heart to buckle under the weight of the world.

      • A Cultist Lemming

        Having Piper beat borrowed time and Pear Cider last year was idiotic, Disney and Pixar win regardless of the quality of the films because the academy does not care about animation. It’s not that we don’t like Disney and Pixar, but other stuff deserves the award more and it’s stupid if they don’t get it.

    • jabbie

      let’s be honest, academy awards have lost their repute long time ago. now it’s like mtv awards, promoting popular shit music that makes a lot of $$$. disney, pixar, or any “my aunt would reblog this on facebook” movie is going to win and we can do nothing about it – people actually interested in animation are not the target anyway.

  • little buster

    Gorillaz Saturn Barz
    should be up here.

  • ea

    Can you imagine if In a Heartbeat gets nominated?

  • HN

    Which animated shorts are from the major animation studios?

  • Thiago Calçado

    Rooting for “The Burden” by Niki Lindroth Von Bahr (Sweden)

  • B

    Love is out in full length here:

  • Wouter Jansen

    Moms on Fire by Joanna Rytel is also qualified.

  • Jonathan Sashire

    Voting for Hayashi’s current Railment (Japan)

    If you haven’t seen this, you need to – it will form a new perspective of your life – beware

  • Christopher Brown

    My predictions for Best Animated Short for Oscars 2018:

    Green Light
    In A Heartbeat
    Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
    and either Everything, Garden Party, Puppy or World of Tomorrow, Episode 2.

    • Belly Button Lint Connoisseur

      A) I find that animators are less likely to nominate shorts that are based on characters from other feature length films. The only two times that happened in the past 20 years was “Mike’s New Car” in 2002 and “The Longest Daycare” in 2012. Which would exclude both “Puppy” and “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”.

      B) They have to nominate Don Hertzfeldt, right? World of Tomorrow was one of the best films of 2015, and every indication is that World of Tomorrow 2 is just as good if not better. I mean…that’s like…a lock at this point, right? Please?

  • Frodo Kuipers

    Our short ‘Bullet Time’ is also qualified! You can have a peek the the teaser here: