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Oscars: 10 Animated Shorts Advance in 2016 Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 semifinalists for this year’s animated short Oscar race.

The list was narrowed from 69 submissions. Five nominees will be announced alongside all other Oscar nominees on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

The 10 shorts advancing are:

“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
“Happy End,” Jan Saska, director (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
“The Head Vanishes,” Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
“Inner Workings,” Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Once Upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California)
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)
“Piper,” Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers),” Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York, and San Francisco in December.

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