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EXCLUSIVE: List of 33 Oscar-Qualified Animated Shorts

The following thirty-three films have fulfilled the qualifications necessary to be considered in the category of Best Animated Short for 2010 Academy Awards. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will vote on a shortlist of ten films from this list. A second round of voting, also restricted to members of the Short Films and Feature Animation branches, will narrow it down to the five nominees for Best Animated Short Film Oscar. The final vote, which determines the winner, is open to all Academy members provided that they have watched every nominated short. It’s a wide open field this year with plenty of newcomers; only three filmmakers among the thirty-three contenders have ever been nominated for an Oscar (Bill Plympton, Tomasz BagiÅ„ski and Don Hertzfeldt).

A Family Portrait
Director: Joseph Pierce
Great Britain, 2010, 4 min
Link to filmmaker website

Angry Man
Angry Man (Sinna Mann)
Director: Anita Killi
Norway, 2009, 20 min
Link to filmmaker website

Animated History of Poland
Director: Tomasz Bagiński
Poland, 2010, 8 min
Link to filmmaker website

Barking Island
Barking Island (Chienne D’Histoire)
Director: Serge Avédikian
France, 2010, 15 min
Link to filmmaker website

Coyote Falls
Director: Matthew O’Callaghan
United States, 2010, 3 min
Link to filmmaker website

Danny Boy
Danny Boy
Director: Marek Skrobecki
Poland/Switzerland, 2010, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Day & Night
Director: Teddy Newton
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

Divers in the Rain
Divers in the Rain
Director: Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn
Estonia, 2010, 23 min
Link to filmmaker website

Dust Kid
Dust Kid (Munjiai)
Director: Yumi Jung
South Korea, 2009, 10 min

Inherent Obligations
Inherent Obligations (Kaasuündinud Kohustused)
Director: Rao Heidmets
Estonia, 2008, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Let’s Pollute
Director: Geefwee Boedoe
United States, 2010, 7 min
Link to filmmaker website

Lipsett Diaries
Lipsett Diaries
Director: Theodore Ushev
Canada, 2010, 14 min
Link to filmmaker website

Directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck and Csaba Letayat
Germany, 2010, 5 min
Link to filmmaker website

Madagascar, A Journey Diary (Madagascar, carnet de voyage)
Director: Bastien Dubois
France, 2009, 11:30 min
Link to filmmaker website

My Name is Maria
My Name is Maria
Director: Elio Quiroga Rodríguez
Spain, 2009, 4 min

Origin of Creatures
The Origin of Creatures
Director: Floris Kaayk
The Netherlands, 2010, 12 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: Michel Gagné
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: David Baas
Canada, 2010, 5 min
Link to filmmaker website

Stanley Pickle
Director: Victoria Mather
United Kingdom, 2010, 11 min
Link to filmmaker website

American Dream
The American Dream
Directors: Tad Lumpkin, Harold Uhl
United States, 2010, 30 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger
Director: Bill Plympton
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Gruffalo
Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lang
Great Britain, 2010, 27 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Incident At Tower 37
Director: Chris Perry
United States, 2010, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Krill Is Gone
Director: Jeffery Bost
United States, 2010, 4 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Lost Thing
Directors: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan
Australia, 2010, 15 min
Link to filmmaker website

Mouse That Soared
The Mouse That Soared
Director: Kyle T. Bell
United States, 2009, 5:45 min
Link to filmmaker website

Silence Beneath the Bark
The Silence Beneath the Bark (Le Silence Sous L’ecorce)
Director: Joanna Lurie
France, 2009, 11 min
Link to filmmaker website

Tick Tock Tale
Director: Dean Wellins
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

To Swallow A Toad
To Swallow A Toad
Director: Jurgis Krasons
Latvia, 2010, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: Moritz Mayerhofer
Germany, 2009 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
United States, 2010, 5 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Wonder Hospital
Director: Beomsik Shimbe Shim
South Korea, 2010, 12 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: Chris Kezelos
Australia, 2010, 13 min
Link to filmmaker website

  • Wow, what a selection! Looks like this is the real animation Oscar race to watch.

  • Tadpole

    You know, I really love how no two shorts in that post look alike. The animated feature nominees aren’t nearly as varied and interesting-looking (though I guess there are less of them).

  • Very Happy to see Michel Gagné’s Sensology on this list.
    5+ years of his dedication {working out of his house} on this independent film created an amazingly beautiful piece of art and I hope him all the best.

    • Agreed, this piece is a true stand out, one of the most innovative and artistically executed works in animation. Few animators possess Michel’s mastery of, or dedication to the art form.

  • Wow, I’ve only seen one or two of those. Judging from the images, Barking Island and Let’s Pollute look great. The Silence Beneath the Bark is wonderful (one of the few I’ve seen). Hopefully iTunes does their Oscar Nominated Shorts thing again this year.

  • hash

    out of curiosity how does a short become oscar qualified?

    • optimist

      To be eligible for nomination an animated short has to be publicly screened in a “paid admission” movie theater for a minimum of 3 days with at least 2 screenings each day.
      It can also qualify for an Oscar nom if it’s won the top prize in the “student” Academy Awards.

      Just looking at the screen caps it looks like a particularly beautiful and diverse field of eligible films.

    • Rob T.

      This link should contain all the info you need:

  • Steve Gattuso

    I’ve seen less than half of these, and would love to get to watch them all.

  • WOW! This list is amazing! How many occasions do you see looney tunes, disney, pixar, Plympton, and Hertzfeld in contention for the same award?

  • Scott Roberts

    Is there an explanation as to why David O’Reilly’s The External World isn’t qualified? It won the Grand Prix at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and continues to pick up awards. This seems like a mistake.

    • e

      You have to submit paperwork to officially be considered for an Academy Award. Last year DOR claimed he didn’t submit PSS for the Oscar because he didn’t want to “peak early”. Perhaps he’s done the same for this film?

    • David

      hey Scott – i guess it was late for this round. best of luck to everyone involved.

  • I got to see several of these in this year’s Animation Show of Shows when it was screened at SCAD. I’m glad “Maska” isn’t on this list. That was tortue to watch.

    • I can’t believe I missed it yesterday at Uarts!

      BTW I don’t think you get this a lot, but do you go to SCAD? ;)

    • pat

      Amazing art isn’t always happy and shiny. The Brothers Quay are already well recognized by the academy for a highly accomplished career, and often imitated by lessers. Maska is a fantastic film. Your soul has no poetry and you have poor taste.

      • djm

        I’m pretty sure he meant torture in the best, kindest, most complimentary sense.

  • You have to win at an Academy-approved festival to qualify.

    • There are two methods.
      This is one of them.
      The other is to arrange a screening in the LA County area as per the rules Optimist suggests.
      In short, if you have the money it’s easy enough to qualify…

      • amid

        Elliot wrote, In short, if you have the money it’s easy enough to qualify…

        The suggestion that qualifying is somehow about who has money is a complete misrepresentation of the Academy’s qualifying process, which in my view, is one of the fairest processes around. The Academy is actually quite generous in allowing winners from over sixty worldwide film festivals to automatically qualify. Here’s the list.

        It’s true that if you don’t win one of those, you can arrange for theatrical play in LA. But chances are if you’ve made a terrific film, it’ll have already won one of sixty some odd festivals. If every entry were allowed, it would be unmanageable for a committee of a couple hundred Academy members to watch hundreds or thousands of submissions (that’s why festival selection juries are usually 2-5 people); the difficult qualifying process for non-festival winners is essential to weeding out the field.

        The Academy’s solution to rely on winners from a diverse group of sixty festivals PLUS allowing anyone else to arrange an LA playdate is a fair system that ensures almost every film that deserves to qualify has an opportunity to do so, regardless of financial status. I have more of a problem with the final nominees they choose. The Academy skews conservative and mainstream, and very often chooses films that aren’t representative of the artistic state of the medium. Every award is imperfect obviously, but criticizing their qualification process as being somehow tied into someone’s finances is absolute nonsense.

      • Spencer

        I know not many have seen it, but Wisdom Teeth is still completely engraved in my mind and it refuses to leave. It probably doesn’t have much of a chance, but I would LOVE to see Don Hertzfeldt get another Oscar Nom. Bill’s got a damn good chance. PLYMPTON FOR THE TWO-FER!

  • My nominees:
    Tick Tock Tale
    Day & Night
    Coyote Falls
    The Lost Thing
    The Silence Beneath the Bar
    My Name is Maria
    The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger
    The Mouse That Soared

    • So I’m assuming you’ve seen all the others, to compare these to…?

  • “It’s a wide open field this year with plenty of newcomers; only three filmmakers among the thirty-three contenders have ever been nominated for an Oscar…”

    Is that quite unusual in the early field?

  • Having not seen many of these I can’t really compare, but I was able to see many screenings of SKYLIGHT and I laughed every single time.
    They all look amazing and congrats to all involved.

    • Sean Craig

      Hey ratigan,

      Glad you liked SKYLIGHT! We worked on it part time for 6 years! We hope it gets to the short list, but we’re really happy with how its done on the circuit.

  • “Day and Night” was very creative both visually, and story-wise. I hope it gets a nomination.

    “Coyote Falls” making the list is kind of surprising to me. I didn’t think it’d qualify (I assumed it was too short). If it gets nominated, would this be the first time a Road Runner short got an Oscar nomination?

    • Spencer

      Probably not. A damn good bulk of Looney Tunes got Oscar Noms in them ol’ days. Mostly Bugs toons if I can recall.

  • If NY has a screening for all these (I really hope they do) I’m so there.

    • amid

      They do have a NY screening of the 33 films, but it’s only for Academy members who are voting.

  • Jon Reeves

    To answer Brandon’s question:
    Beep Prepared (1961) — nominated for Oscar, lost to The Substitute (Yugoslavia, Dusan Vukotic)

  • claire

    Lipsett Diaries is the best.

  • The Korean shorts, “Dust Kid” and “The Wonder Hospital,” are both from talented animators… and would love to see either them represented.

  • Jack Sprat

    “Wisdom Teeth” was far and away the funniest damn thing at Ottawa, I was laughing so hard I was in pain.

  • “The Wonder Hospital” really deserves recognition… check it out a festival if you can.

  • AltredEgo

    Does anyone know if Chris Landreth’s “The Spine” was submitted?

    • claire

      Yes, last Year. It didn’t make the short list.

  • The Gee

    It would take a while to look a bit deeper into the ones that are unfamiliar to me but the framegrabs all look good. And I agree, the differences are great to see.

    Congrats to Mr. Gagne. And, best of fortune to him and all the others.

    It is almost a shame that there aren’t sub-categories so one or two extras could win awards, too.

    Though, obviously just having the one makes it more special.

  • I have now seen Family Portrait 5 times. I still love it.
    I saw Angry Man for the first time today. I also love that.

    I would LOVE either film to get through and be recognised as the wonderful and moving short films that they are! Absolutely fantastic!

  • Josef

    I’m pulling for Angry Man (Sinna Mann) to win. It’s beautifully animated story with a sad, strong and important message.

  • Jessica

    So when is the voting for the shortlist?

  • Lisa

    As any one seen Danny Boy?
    I did twice and frankly find it wonderful , Marek Skrobecki past work include Ichtys and DIM
    I wish him good luck.

  • I’m only familiar with a few of the films on the list. Sure seems like a great line-up. Looking forward to watching all of these. Thanks for the post and the links.

  • GhaleonQ

    I’ve been scanning the festivals for shorts to watch, and I don’t recognize many of these. Last year was a rare miss for the Academy (amazing, given their awful Best Animated Feature record), so I hope this year’s better.

  • Jenn

    I loved Stanley Pickle, so different and beautiful done. Definitely my favorite.

  • irin

    The list is amazing! :D