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ENCOUNTERS PRESENTS THE OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2009
Cinéformation presented a Free panel discussion on What makes an Oscar®-winning short
THE DATE WAS: Saturday 18 April 2009, THE VENUE WAS: Waterside 3, Watershed, 1 Canon’s rd Bristol, BS1 5TX
Our panel included Christopher Moll, who produced the Oscar winning short Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers, Chris Tidman from Shorts International and Matthew Walker from Arthur Cox Animation who’s film John & Karen gained a commendation at this years Oscars. And a last minute addition Ron Diamond via Skype at 4am in the morning from his hotel room in San Francisco. Ron is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and sits on the Short Films and Animated features Executive Committee. He also programs and curates an annual collection of animated shorts for the last 10 years that he presents at the major studios and film schools. 19 of the films in the programs were eventually nominated for the Academy Award and 5 went on to winning the Oscar
Details of the past Screenings:
Animation: 11.00am (1hr 28mins)
Break for Cinéformation: 12.40pm – FREE EVENT!
Live Action: 14.00 (1hr 32mins)
Encounters Short Film Festival in partnership with Shorts International and Cinéformation present the unique opportunity to see two programmes of the best in Animation and Live Action Short Films nominated at the 2009 Academy Awards, including the winners La Maison en Petits Cubes (Pieces of Love, Vol 1) and Spielzeugland (Toyland). Presented in partnership with Shorts International, ShortsTV (Sky 34) and Cinéformation.
Lavatory Lovestory (Russia/10mins/2007) A lonely toilet attendant attemps to uncover the identity of her secret admirer.
*La Maison en Petits Cubes [Pieces of Love] *(Japan/12 mins/2008) An old man battles to save his house in an attempt to beat the rising tide.
Oktapodi (France/3 mins/2007) Two octopi fight for their lives in a comical escape through the streets of a small Greek village.
*Presto *(USA/5 mins/2008) Dignity poise mystery. We expect nothing less from the great, turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But, when Presto forgets to feed his rabbit, the revered conjurer gets more than he bargained for!
*This Way Up *(UK/9 mins/2008) Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble.
Live Action Programme
Auf der Strecke [On the Line] (Switzerland, Germany/30 mins/2007) A department store security guard is secretly infatuated with a clerk in the store’s bookshop. When he witnesses a love rival being attacked on a train, he abandons him – a decision that carries with it devastating consequences.
Manon sur le Bitume [Manon on the Asphalt] (France/15 mins/2007) A girl has an accident while riding home on her bicycle.
New Boy (Ireland/11 mins/2007) Based on a Roddy Doyle short story. A young African immigrant struggles to find a place for himself during his first day at an Irish school.
Grisen [The Pig] (Denmark/22 mins/2008) When Asbjorn is admitted to hospital, he finds comfort in a painting of a whimsical pig – until it is removed at the request of another patient.
Spielzeugland [Toyland] (Germany/14 mins/2007) Germany 1942. A mother convinces her son that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to ‘Toyland’.
Encounters presents The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2009 in partnership with Shorts International and Cinéformation continues the Encounters Short Film Festival side events. Previous shows have focused on Gordon Murray’s Trumptonshire Tales (Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley) Morph, the character credited with establishing Aardman Animations as a company destined for success, Phil, Bagpuss and Friends, recounting Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate’s achievements with Small Films and most recently Encounters and Aardman present Ray Harryhausen.
About Encounters Short Film Festival is one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting point for new and established international film and animation talent, buyers, students and the ever-expanding numbers of businesses that need moving imagery, for advertising, digital games, e-marketing and mobile communications. The main festival takes place in Bristol, UK, the 2009 festival takes place from 17 – 22 November. For regular up-dates about plans, screenings, special events, guests, awards and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk or contact the festival office: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone +44 (0) 117 929 9188
About Shorts International
Shorts International Ltd. is the world’s leading short film entertainment company with the largest and most diverse film catalogue devoted to short films with two pay TV channels on cable and satellite in Europe. More than half of the catalogue’s individual films have been nominated for or received international film awards, including the Cannes, Edinburgh, Clermont Ferrand and Sundance film festivals. Shorts International operates ShortsTV™, ShortsTV France™ and ShortsTV Corto™ short film channels created for distribution to mobile television, cable television and satellite networks (Sky Channel 342 in the UK and on Numericable in France, Belgium and Luxembourg), as well as Shorts™, the short films on demand service available on the iTunes movie stores in the US, UK and CANADA. Further information can be found at www.shortsinternational.com and www.shortstv.com. The company is headquartered in London, England with additional offices in Paris, Munich, New York and San Diego led by Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive. Shorts International is owned by Shorts Entertainment Holding and Liberty Global Ventures.