By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire January 25, 2011 at 6:53AM
Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International are teaming up to bring the 2011 Oscar short films to over 150 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The screenings, which allow a wide audience to see the easily neglected films, began in 2005. The annual screenings have been picking up steam ever since, with the screenings garnering more than $1 million last year. The films will open at the IFC Center in New York on February 11, 2011, and will roll out from there. The films will also be released for purchase individually via iTunes.
The complete list of nominations for the animated, live action, and documentary short films are:
Best animated short film
“Day & Night” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo”, A Magic Light Pictures Production, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute”, A Geefwee Boedoe Production, Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing”, (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment), A Passion Pictures Australia Production, Ouat Media, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)”, A Sacrebleu Production, Ouat Media, Bastien Dubois
Best live action short film
“The Confession” (National Film and Television School), A National Film and Television School Production, Tanel Toom
“The Crush” (Network Ireland Television), A Purdy Pictures Production, Michael Creagh
“God of Love”, A Luke Matheny Production, Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” (Premium Films), A CUT! Production, Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143”, A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Best documentary short subject
“Killing in the Name”, A Moxie Firecracker Films Production, Nominees to be determined
“Poster Girl”, A Portrayal Films Production, Nominees to be determined
“Strangers No More”, A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up”, A Sun Come Up Production, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang”, A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
The complete press release is below:
LONDON, UK, 21st January 2011 - Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures will release The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2011 in over 150 theatres across the United States and Canada from February 11th, 2011.
Three theatrical programmes will give audiences around the country an opportunity to watch the nominated shorts in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories prior to the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony on February 27th. This year will mark the inaugural theatrical outing for the nominated Documentary shorts.
The Oscar® Nominated Short Films has become a key fixture of the awards season. Last year the release exceeded the million-dollar mark at the US box office, charting a spectacular 289% growth in attendance since its inception in 2005.
Along with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be released individually on iTunes from February 22nd in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and other iTunes Stores throughout the world. The release will also be available via cable's Movies On Demand (MOD), distributed by leading MOD distributor, iN DEMAND L.L.C.
"The Oscar® Nominated Short Films are some of this year¹s best entertainment. They're made by the world¹s stand-out, emerging filmmakers and represent the cutting edge of entertainment," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International. "Audiences this year will experience intense emotional highs, laugh-out-loud comedies and brilliant insights, all in the space of 90 minutes."
"The only way to improve your handicap come Oscar® night, is to catch these incredible short film nominees," said Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia Pictures.