December 6, 2017
awards season

Watch: Preview the 10 Enchanting Animations Shortlisted for 2018 Oscars

Garden Party
It’s a great day for a binge.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the ten animated short films that are shortlisted to advance in the voting process for the 90th annual Academy Awards. Sixty-three films qualified for consideration this year, and five finalists will be selected to compete at the Oscars in March. The chosen group is a beautiful collection of films, ranging widely in both style and origin. 

This category is especially interesting (and encouraging to aspiring pros) because it’s one of the few where student films are on equal footing with those coming from high-end, big-money studios, Yes, last year’s winner was Pixar’s Piper, and Pixar has another film, Lou, in the mix this year. However, on the same short list, no less than three out of the ten films list schools as their production companies: Cradle from University of Southern California, In a Heartbeat from Ringling College of Art and Design, and Life Smartphone from China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

What the category often lacks is the celebrity star-power of other nominees, but not this year. Dear Basketball, about the career of court legend Kobe Bryant, is written and produced by the baller himself.

So, time to fire up some popcorn and enjoy the best short animations of the year (or excerpts from them), below:

In a Heartbeat, dir. Esteban Bravo and Beth David

Life Smartphone, dir. Chenglin Xie

https://youtu.be/6RQ9LOBw0vg

Dear Basketball*, dir. Glen Keane 

https://vimeo.com/234385851

Garden Party*, dir. Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon 

https://vimeo.com/illogiccreative/httpsvimeocomgardenpartytrailer

Lost Property Office*, dir. Daniel Agdag

https://vimeo.com/228532911

Lou*, dir. Dave Mullins

https://youtu.be/0iYsBnj2BUk

Negative Space*, dir. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

https://vimeo.com/205982517

Revolting Rhymes*, dir. Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

https://vimeo.com/196787399

Cradle, dir. Devon Manney

https://vimeo.com/244591451

Fox and the Whale, dir. Robin Joseph

https://vimeo.com/patchoforange/foxandthewhale

*Starred titles only have trailers or clips available online on publish date.      

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