Friday, February 10, 2012

Oscar-nominated short films now in theatres

Starting today, the short film nominees for the 84th Academy Awards will play in over 200 theatres across Canada and the United States.

Although the documentary shorts won't be shown in Canada, you can catch all the Animated and Live Action short films in contention. Two are Canadian productions made through the National Film Board of Canada: Dimanche (Sunday) by Patrick Doyon, and Wild Life by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. They compete in the Animated Short category against The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, La Luna by Enrico Casarosa, and A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard.

The Live Action nominees are Pentecost (Peter McDonald), Raju (Max Zähle), The Shore (Terry George), Time Freak (Andrew Bowler) and Tuba Atlantic (Hallvar Witzø).

If you miss them in the theatres, the nominated short films will be released individually on iTunes on February 21st. They will also be available on cable’s Movies On Demand (MOD) and will be available through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse, Cablevision and Cox Communication.

In Montreal, the films will screen at Cinéma du Parc. In Toronto, the short films will screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox. In Ottawa, they screen at the Bytowne, while Waterloo will screen them at the Princess. For Albertans, they can watch them at Grande Prairie Live Theatre and in Edmonton. Vancouver screenings take place at Vancity Theatre.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


ShortsHD To Release The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2012 In Theatres On February 10

ShortsHD working with Magnolia Pictures will release The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2012 in over 200 theatres across the United States and Canada on February 10th, 2012.

Three theatrical programs will give audiences around the country an opportunity to watch the nominated shorts in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories prior to the 84th Academy Awards® ceremony on February 26th. This year will mark the second theatrical outing for the nominated Documentary shorts, after an enthusiastic reception from audiences for last year’s inaugural run.

The Oscar® Nominated Short Films has become a key fixture of the awards season. Last year, the theatrical release broke all records, grossing over $1,350,000 nationwide and playing in significantly more theaters than in previous years. Since the inception of the program in 2005, attendance has grown by 800%.

Along with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be released individually on iTunes from February 21st 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. and will be available via Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse, Cablevision and Cox Communication.

“This year's Oscar® Nominated Short Films ride the wave of the rapidly growing popularity of short movies. Audiences are watching them and filmmakers are responding," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International. "The Academy chose films that are incredible entertainment: animations that are solidly family-friendly, live action films ranging from heart-warming to out-right hilarious and short docs dealing with issues of immediate interest. Like many of the best picture nominees this year, these movies are light, fun and great entertainment."

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards® were announced on January 24th. For more information, visit

ShortsHD™ is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available on DIRECTV (Channel 568), and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789). ShortsHD™ is operated by Shorts International, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company with the world’s largest movie catalogue dedicated to short movies. Shorts International also operates ShortsTV™, which is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg on Numericable (Channels 134 and 52) and in Turkey via TTNET's Tivibu service. Shorts™ is the short movie on-demand service available on iTunes movie stores in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan and throughout Europe. The company is headquartered in London, England with additional offices in Paris and Los Angeles and is led by Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive. Shorts International is owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings and Liberty Global Ventures.

Magnolia Pictures ( ) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, and the high definition cable network HDNet. Recent and upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA, TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE, and Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ.

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