Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts Come to Theatres February 1

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Oscar Time!

Short­sHD The Short Movie Chan­nel, work­ing with Mag­no­lia Pic­tures, will release The Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Films 2013 in over 260 the­atres across the United States, Canada and Europe on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 1.

This is the eighth year of the Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Film The­atri­cal Release.

The announce­ment comes on the heels of last year’s record-breaking release, which was one of the top 50 gross­ing inde­pen­dent film releases in North Amer­ica, earn­ing over $1.7 mil­lion. Since its debut in 2005, the Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Films the­atri­cal release pro­gram has grown 800%.

A key fix­ture of the awards sea­son, the the­atri­cal release fea­tur­ing ani­ma­tion, live action and doc­u­men­tary short films is the only oppor­tu­nity for audi­ences to watch the nom­i­nated shorts prior to the 85th Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony on Feb­ru­ary 24.

This year’s release breaks new ground: a past Oscar win­ner in that cat­e­gory will host each film. Host­ing the ani­mated shorts pro­gram are Bill Joyce and Bran­don Old­en­burg, who won the Acad­emy Award for their ani­mated short film The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more (2011).

This year’s release includes the fol­low­ing Oscar-nominated ani­mated short films:

Adam & Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee, U.S.A.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What hap­pened in those first days of Cre­ation that made Man and Dog so insep­a­ra­ble? The dog, as he lives through this curi­ous world, encoun­ters a strange crea­ture; a human being named Adam — and with that dis­cov­ers a new-found con­nec­tion to the world.

Fresh Gua­camole (dir. PES, U.S.A.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (dir. Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. When Wal­ter dis­cov­ers a long-lost memento of their wed­ding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But it brings their equi­lib­rium crash­ing down, and the cou­ple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their mar­riage back
together.

Mag­gie Simp­son in “The Longest Day­care” (dir. David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A.)
Mag­gie Simp­son spends a day at the Ayn Rand Day­care Cen­ter, where she is diag­nosed at an aver­age intel­li­gence level. Long­ing to be grouped with the gifted chil­dren, Mag­gie finds her des­tiny by res­cu­ing a lonely cocoon from Baby Ger­ald, who is busy smoosh­ing butterflies.

Paper­man (dir. John Kahrs, U.S.A.)
Paper­man fol­lows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose des­tiny takes an unex­pected turn after a chance meet­ing with a beau­ti­ful woman on his morn­ing com­mute. Con­vinced that the girl of his dreams is gone for­ever, he gets a sec­ond chance when he spots her in a sky­scraper win­dow across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imag­i­na­tion and a stack of papers to get her atten­tion, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

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