Oscar shorts longlist Oscar shorts longlist

The race for this year’s Oscar for best animated short is on. The qualifying period is over, and we can reveal that at least 84 films have qualified.

We are publishing the preliminary list below, in alphabetical order. It has been confirmed by sources within the Academy. Note that the list is subject to change, and this article may be updated accordingly.

For now, though, the list of 84 films represents a slight drop in number from last year, when around 96 shorts qualified — an all-time record, as far as we’re aware. It’s worth noting that this year’s qualification period was two months shorter than last year’s, which was extended in response to the pandemic.

To recap: a short can become eligible for an Oscar in one of three ways. It has to be publicly exhibited in one of a number of major U.S. cities under certain conditions, or take home an award at a designated “qualifying” festival, or win at the Student Academy Awards. The filmmakers must then submit it to the Academy.

The shortlist of competing films will be announced on December 21; for the first time, 15 films will be included, rather than the usual ten. They will be whittled down to five nominees, which will be announced on February 8, 2022. The Oscars ceremony will follow on March 27.

Below are the films on the longlist. Where available, we’ve included a trailer, or even the complete film. Anyone working in the industry, including students, can apply to register for free to The Animation Showcase, a streaming platform that offers a unique opportunity to watch some of the qualified shorts (click here for more information).

  1. Affairs of the Art
    Joanna Quinn
  2. Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice
    Zacharias Kunuk
  3. Any Instant Whatever
    Michelle Brand
  4. Are You Okay?
    Ryan Cannon
  5. Aurora
    Jo Meuris
  6. Bad Mood
    Loris Giuseppe Nese
  7. Bad Seeds
    Claude Cloutier
  8. Barking Orders
    Alexander Tullo
  9. Bestia
    Hugo Covarrubias
  10. A Bite of Bone
    Honami Yano
  11. Blue & Malone: Impossible Cases
    Abraham López Guerrero
  12. Blush
    Joe Mateo
  13. The Boob Fairy
    Léahn Vivier-Chapas
  14. Boxballet
    Anton Dyakov
  15. The Boy & the Mountain
    Santiago Aguilera, Gabriel Monreal
  16. The Broken Candle
    Felix Kiner
  17. The Cat
    Mary Apick
  18. The Chimney Swift
    Frédéric Schuld
  19. Crowded
    Nathania Rubin
  20. Demi’s Panic
    Bill Plympton
  21. Easter Eggs
    Nicolas Keppens
  22. Ecorce
    Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney
  23. The Expected
    Carolina Sandvik
  24. Far from the Tree
    Natalie Nourigat
  25. Farce
    Robin Jensen
  26. Flowing Home
    Sandra Desmazières
  27. Footsteps on the Wind
    Maya Sanbar
  28. The Fourfold
    Alisi Telengut
  29. Freebird
    Joe Bluhm, Michael McDonald
  30. Friend of a Friend
    Zachary Zezima
  31. Good and Better
    Gil Alkabetz
  32. Gravedad
    Matisse Gonzalez Jordan
  33. The Hangman at Home
    Michelle and Uri Kranot
  34. Her Song
    Éabha Bortolozzo, Jack Kirwan
  35. Hide
    Daniel Gray
  36. Homebird
    Ewa Smyk
  37. Hot Flash
    Thea Hollatz
  38. I’m a Pebble
    Mélanie Berteraut Platon, Yasmine Bresson, Léo Coulombier, Nicolas Grondin, Maxime Le Chapelain, Louise Massé
  39. In the Shadow of the Pines
    Anne Koizumi
  40. Innocent Friendship
    Amee Oza, Devarshi Oza
  41. It’s All the Salt’s Fault
    María Cristina Pérez
  42. La Bestia
    Marlijn van Nuenen, Ram Tamez, Alfredo Gerard Kuttikatt
  43. Life’s a Bitch
    Varya Yakovleva
  44. Los Huesos
    Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León
  45. Louis’ Shoes
    Marion Philippe, Kayu Leung, Théo Jamin, Jean Geraud Blanc
  46. Matilda ir atsarginė galva
    Ignas Meilunas
  47. Memento Mori
    Paul O’Flanagan
  48. Migrants
    Hugo Caby, Zoé Devise, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte
  49. Mila
    Cinzia Angelini
  50. Monster Pets: A Hotel Transylvania Short
    Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon
  51. Mum Is Pouring Rain
    Hugo de Faucompret
  52. The Musician
    Reza Riahi
  53. Namoo
    Erick Oh
  54. The Natural Death of a Mouse
    Katharina Huber
  55. Night Bus
    Joe Hsieh
  56. Nona
    Louis Gonzales
  57. Normal
    Julie Caty
  58. Nuevo Rico
    Kristian Mercado
  59. O Black Hole!
    Renee Zhan
  60. On/Off
    Nicolas P. Villarreal
  61. Only a Child
    Simone Giampaolo
  62. Our Perpetual Now
    Jorge Aguilar Rojo
  63. The Owl and the Pussycat
    Mole Hill
  64. Pearl Diver
    Margrethe Danielsen
  65. Robin Robin
    Dan Ojari, Mikey Please
  66. Routine: The Prohibition
    Samuel Ortí Martí
  67. The Runaway Bunny
    Amy Schatz
  68. September 12th
    Richard O’Connor
  69. Slumber with Snakes
    Teagan Barrone
  70. The Source of the Mountains
    Adrien Communier, Camille Di Dio, Benjamin François, Pierre Gorichon, Briag Mallat, Marianne Moisy
  71. Souvenir Souvenir
    Bastien Dubois
  72. Step into the River
    Weijia Ma
  73. Tulip
    Andrea Love, Phoebe Wahl
  74. Twenty Something
    Aphton Corbin
  75. Un coeur d’or
    Simon Filliot
  76. Un diable dans la poche
    Antoine Bonnet, Mathilde Loubes
  77. Unforgotten
    Sujin Kim
  78. Us Again
    Zach Parrish
  79. The Vandal
    Eddie Alcazar
  80. The Village Bride
    Hitoshi Haga
  81. “Welcome Home”
    Dana Crypto
  82. The Windshield Wiper
    Alberto Mielgo
  83. Would Have
    Dave Siegel
  84. The Zolle Suite
    Kristian Pedersen

Benoit Berthe Siward contributed research to this article.

Images at top, left to right: “Bad Seeds,” “Twenty Something,” “Nuevo Rico,” “Any Instant Whatever”

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