A bunch of European short films shortlisted for the Oscars
- Works from Romania, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom feature in the shortlists for Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short Film
Along with the shortlists for the International Feature Film and Documentary Feature Film categories (read the news), the 92nd Academy Awards have announced the selection of short films that will vie for a nomination in their respective categories - and Europe is well represented among them.
In the Live Action Short Film category, from the 191 titles initially qualified, 10 have made the cut. A highlight of the selection is The Christmas Gift by Romanian director Bogdan Muresanu, which has just been named European Short Film at the European Film Awards. Along with it, we can find Belgian title A Sister, directed by Delphine Girard, French productions Little Hands by Rémi Allier (co-produced with Belgium) and Nefta Football Club by Yves Piat (co-produced with Tunisia and Algeria), and Brotherhood by Tunisia's Meryam Joobeur (co-produced by Sweden).
Meanwhile in the Animated Short Film shortlist — a historically very European category — more than half of the titles selected this year come from Europe. From the 92 films qualified in the category, six European short films have made the cut, including Czech Republic's Daughter (Dcera) by Daria Kashcheeva, France's Hors piste by Léo Brunel and Loris Cavalier and Memorable by Bruno Collet, Netherlands' Mind My Mind by Floor Adams, and Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days by Regina Pessoa, a co-production between Portugal, Canada and France.
As for the Documentary Short Subject category, 10 films have been shortlisted from the 96 films qualified in the category. European titles The Nightcrawlers and Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), both produced by the UK and directed by Alexander A. Mora and Carol Dysinger respectively, will vie against Life Overtakes Me, a co-production between Sweden and the USA directed by Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas.
Here are the short-film shortlists that have just been announced:
Live Action Short Film
Brotherhood - Meryam Joobeur (Tunisia/Canada/Qatar/Sweden)
The Christmas Gift - Bogdan Muresanu (Romania/Spain)
Little Hands - Rémi Allier (France/Belgium)
Miller & Son - Asher Jelinsky (USA)
Nefta Football Club - Yves Piat (France/Tunisia/Algeria)
The Neighbors’ Window - Marshall Curry (USA)
Refugee - Brandt Andersen (USA)
Saria - Bryan Buckley (USA)
A Sister - Delphine Girard (Belgium)
Sometimes, I Think about Dying - Stefanie Abel Horowitz (USA)
Animated Short Film
Daughter (Dcera) - Daria Kashcheeva (Czech Republic)
Hair Love - Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., Bruce W. Smith (USA)
He Can’t Live without Cosmos - Konstantin Bronzit (Russia)
Hors piste - Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier (France)
Kitbull - Rosana Sullivan (USA)
Memorable - Bruno Collet (France)
Mind My Mind - Floor Adams (Netherlands/Belgium)
The Physics of Sorrow - Theodore Ushev (Canada)
Sister - Siqi Song (China/USA)
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days - Regina Pessoa (Portugal/Canada/France)
Documentary Short Subject
After Maria - Nadia Hallgren (USA)
Fire in Paradise - Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper (USA)
Ghosts of Sugar Land - Bassam Tariq (USA)
In the Absence - Seung-jun Yi (USA/South Korea)
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) - Carol Dysinger (UK)
Life Overtakes Me - Kristine Samuelson, John Haptas (Sweden/USA)
The Nightcrawlers - Alexander A. Mora (UK)
St. Louis Superman - Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra (USA)
Stay Close - Luther Clement, Shuhan Fan (China/USA)
Walk Run Cha-Cha - Laura Nix (USA)
The final nominees for the Oscars will be revealed on 13 January 2020, and the awards ceremony will take place on 9 February in Los Angeles.
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