Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#Oscars2018 Live Action Shorts Shortlist

On Monday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title in English.

DeKalb Elementary, Reed Van Dyk, USA
The Eleven O’Clock, Derin Seale, Australia
Facing Mecca, Jan-Eric Mack, Switzerland
Icebox, Daniel Sawka, USA
Lost Face, Sean Meehan, Australia and Canada
My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr.,
Naissance d'une étoile  (Rise of a Star), James Bort, France
The Silent Child, Chris Overton, UK
Watu Wote: All of Us, Katja Benrath, Germany and Kenya
Témoins (Witnesses), David Koch, France and Lebanon

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

As usual below are the trailers but after checking the posts with other shorts (documentary and animation) noticed some are gone.  My best suggestion is to watch FAST as surely some videos will disappear soon.

DeKalb Elementary by Reed Van Dyk
Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Eleven O’Clock by Derin Seale
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets increasingly out of control.

Facing Mecca by Jan-Eric Mack
The hospital calls Fareed; his wife's situation is critical; the cancer has reached its terminal stage. Pensioner Roli comes to his help and takes him to see his wife who passes away shortly after. Her funeral falls under the jurisdiction of Amrikon council. Fareed wants to see his wife buried in accordance with Muslim rites. Roli is keen to help Fareed and his daughters but problems quickly arise: the graves in the local cemetery have not been aligned to face Mecca; the council is unable to carry out the burial within 24 hours after death. Councillor Thomas Künzli assures everyone that they'll organise things for the following week. Unimpressed by the council's tactical heal-dragging, Roli offers a more creative idea: a family plot would allow for the body to be buried diagonally - facing Mecca. But even family graves are exhumed after 25 years and allocated anew. For Muslims this disturbance of peace is an absolute taboo.

Icebox by Daniel Sawka
About Oscar, a young boy from Honduras, who is caught crossing the US border and sent to an immigrant processing for minors.

Lost Face, Sean Meehan
Subienkow is in mortal danger. The fort he and his fellow fur thieves have erected in the snow is in flames - attacked by the very tribe they enslaved to build it - now only he and Big Ivan remain. As Ivan is tortured before him Subienkow must think fast to escape the terrible, protracted death that awaits him. He calls over the chief, Makamuk, and begins to bargain...

My Nephew Emmett by Kevin Wilson, Jr.
At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till. 

Naissance d'une étoile (Rise of a Star) by James Bort
Emma is about to be the new Ballerina. But something upsets her. A secret. A secret liable to undermine what she has spent a whole life on.

The Silent Child by Chris Overton
Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

Watu Wote: All of Us by Katja Benrath
For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. Especially the border region between Kenya and Somalia is considered highly dangerous. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

Témoins (Witnesses), David Koch
Stéphane, a freelance war photographer, is covering the Syrian conflict. She follows the daily existence of a young couple: Farah, a schoolteacher, and Omar, a doctor. During fighting, Stéphane takes a photo of Omar. A photo that could make headlines in the western media. Omar, convinced that the publication of this photo will put his life at risk, asks Stéphane not to send it off. But given the urgency, Stéphane has already forwarded her photos to her press agency in France: it is too late, the photo is released, altering the lives of both Stéphane and Omar.

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