Magnolia Pictures and leading short film company Shorts International will again partner to bring Academy Award nominated live action and animated short films to U.S. theatres prior to the February 25, 2007 Oscar ceremony. The films will later be available through Magnolia’s Home Entertainment division and across other platforms that include ShortsTV on mobile phones. In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonnn Bowles said in a statement:
We were extremely excited with how the Academy Shorts performed for us last year. Making them available before the actual ceremony made all of the difference. If you want to get a leg up on your office pool, then we’re here to help.
A 20 city release is set for February 16, 2007. The pact was negotiated by Magnolia’s head of acquisitions Tom Quinn, head of business affairs and Bowles with Carter Pilcher, Susan Petersen, Simon Young, and Linda Olszewski from Shorts International. [Eugene Hernandez]