Every year, Shorts International compiles feature-length collections of Oscar Nominated Shorts that make their way to the ByTowne – one for Animated Films, and one for Live Action.
This year, three of the nominees were directed by Canadians, including one produced by the NFB. Here are the films included in this year's program:
Blind Vaysha -- NOMINEE
NFB short about a girl who sees the past with one eye and the future with the other.
(d. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 min.)
Borrowed Time -- NOMINEE
A Wild West tale of a sheriff who revisits the scene of a life-changing accident.
(d. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, U.S., 7 min.)
Pearl -- NOMINEE
From the director of 2014's "Feast" comes a tale of a girl and her dad, who live in their car.
(d. Patrick Osborne, U.S., 6 min.)
Piper -- NOMINEE
A Canadian director was at the helm of this U.S.-produced Pixar short about a shorebird mom and the cutest darn baby shorebird ever. (dir. Alan Barillaro, U.S., 6 min.)
The Head Vanishes
An elderly woman with a failing memory takes a trip to the seaside.
(d. Franck Dion, Canada/France, 9 min.)
(d. Lola Grand, Alexandre Arpentinier, Mathieu Blanchys, Tristan Lamarca, Thomas Lemaille & Jean-Charles Lusseau, France, 5 min.)
Once Upon A Line
Simple line drawings morph into clever sight gags and deadpan-funny situations. (d. Alicja Jasina, USA, 7 min.)
Pear Cider and Cigarettes -- NOMINEE
A jazzy hard-boiled meeting of graphic novel and film noir. (Please note, this is the last film in the programme and is NOT suitable for young children. A warning card will advise parents prior to the start of this short.)
(d. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 min.)