You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Academy Sets Sitges as Short Film Qualifying Festival

Recognition part of an international drive by Sitges, Europe’s premier fantastic film event

MADRID – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has recognized Spain’s Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia as a qualifying festival for short film Oscar submission.

With the recognition, the best short film in Sitges’ Official Fantastic Competition and Sitges’ best animation short are eligible for submission to the Academy. That gains them consideration by the reviewing committee of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch, which selects entries that are then screened by the Branch Nominating Committee.

Winners at Sitges’ latest edition, which ran Oct. 11-20, so qualifying the kudos-takers for the 2015 Academy Awards, were Josh Tanner’s “The Landing” and toon short “Dog Skin,” from France’s Nicholas Jacquet.

An Australian sci-fi thriller set in the American Midwest that shuttles between present and a Cold War past, “The Landing” centers on a middle-aged man who returns to the farm of his childhood to dig up the thing that landed there 50 years before. Henry Nixon (“The Pacific”) plays his father.

Set in a sinister city during some form of global food shortage, the black-and-white cut-out animation short “Dog Skin” is co-financed by Arte France and backed by Gaul’s CNC film board.

Helmed by Jacquet, an alum of Paris’ prestigious Gobelins arts-media school, narrates the desperate attempts of a dog to find food as he transforms into a man, acquiring the status of a hounded illegal immigrant.

“Landing” and “Skin” will now join a long list of other potential Oscar shorts candidates for 2015. The Academy’s short film qualifying festivals list for 2014’s 86th annual Academy Awards already details 142 kudos given by six awards orgs and 70 festivals, outside the U.S., which qualify their winners for Oscar short film eligibility.

No matter: the Academy’s Sitges recognition forms part of a strategic plan by the festival, Europe’s biggest genre movie event that’s worshiped and attended by fanboys worldwide from Guillermo del Toro to Eli Roth and Elijah Wood and boasts a vibrant local fantastic film scene to strengthen its international reach and prestige as genre gains ever more respect and genre pic production spreads to every corner of the globe.

More Film

  • HKIFFS and Heaven Pictures

    Hong Kong Festival, China's Heaven Pictures Launch 'Back to Basics' Film Project Support

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and China’s Heaven Pictures announced that they will award six Asian filmmakers RMB1 million ($145,000) in a joint project to demonstrate how high-quality films can still be made inexpensively. The six films that emerge from the new initiative, titled “Back to Basics (B2B): A Love Supreme,” will [...]

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan in conversation at

    Shanghai: How Nuri Bilge Ceylan Sees the World so Differently

    At a masterclass on Thursday, Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan gave the initial impression of being an austere and unwilling participant. Wearing heavy glasses, keeping his coat on, and responding to questions rather than offering a class, his manner suggested that he was difficult. In China as the head of the Shanghai International Film [...]

  • SpiderMan Far From Home

    Hollywood Takes on Italy's Vacation-Heavy Summer Season With Blockbusters

    With upcoming movies such as “Toy Story 4,” “Men in Black: International” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” Hollywood studios are finally taking the plunge this year and slotting their blockbusters in Italian cinemas during the summer, a time when residents traditionally hit the beach en masse. For decades, the studios withheld their [...]

  • Easy Money

    Netflix Orders 'Snabba Cash' Series Based on Hit Movie Franchise from SF Studios

    Netflix has ordered a six-part original series based on the hit Swedish crime franchise “Snabba Cash” from SF Studios. Based on Jens Lapidus’s bestselling novels, the series is set in Stockholm’s gritty criminal underground ten years after the events depicted in the “Snabba Cash” (“Easy Money,” pictured) movie trilogy. The society has become even more [...]

  • The Kings Man

    Film News Roundup: Disney Sets 'The King's Man' Spy Comedy for February

    In today’s film news roundup, “The King’s Man” and “A Kid From Coney Island” get release dates, and “Barry” star Anthony Carrigan joins “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” RELEASE DATE Disney has set its Fox spy comedy prequel “The King’s Man” for release on Feb. 14, 2020. Disney made the announcement Wednesday at its [...]

  • Shyrakshy: Guardian of the Light

    Shanghai Film Review: 'Shyrakshy: Guardian of the Light'

    The bombastic English title might sound like it describes some comic book sci-fi epic, but in “Shyrakshy: Guardian of the Light” our hero does not wear a cape but a weathered cap, and the light he guards is not an interstellar death ray but the flickering beam of a battered old movie projector. Prominent Kazakh [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content