Good news for fans of animated shorts: the Oscar-nominated shorts will be more widely available to the general public this year than ever before. Magnolia Pictures and ShortsHD will release the Oscar-nominated shorts in a record 350+ theaters across the U.S. and Canada, as well as dozens of theaters in Europe and Latin America, on Friday, January 30th. Finds dates and locations on the ShortsHD website.

The nominated short films will also be available on Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes Stores in 54 countries, Amazon Instant Video, Verizon, and will be released across the United States on VOD/pay-per-view platforms.

This year’s five nominated shorts have a total running time of just 50 minutes, so it’s likely that the theatrical program will also include some bonus shorts that weren’t nominated, which is something that ShortsHD has done with past programs.

The Oscar-nominated animation films in the program will be:

The Bigger Picture
Daisy Jacobs, director
National Film and Television School
Synopsis: Tensions arise between two brothers as their elderly mother requires more care.

The Dam Keeper
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors
Tonko House
Synopsis: A lonely little pig in charge of maintaining the town dam is cruelly bullied by his classmates.

Patrick Osborne, director
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Synopsis: The story of the relationship between a young man and the stray puppy he takes in is told through the food the dog receives.

Me and My Moulton
Torill Kove, director
Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada
Synopsis: Three sisters growing up in an unconventional Norwegian family ask their parents for a bicycle.

A Single Life
Joris Oprins, director
Job, Joris & Marieke
Synopsis: A mysterious vinyl single gives a young woman the power to move back and forth through the years of her life.

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