With the Oscars quickly approaching, Indiefilm thought we would look at the 87th Academy Awards nominated short films.
Shorts are often overlooked and rarely discussed over the feature film nominations, but the indie filmmaker should watch and learn from the nominees in this category.
A short provides film makers the opportunity to take some chances, gain experience or to help build your reel. A short film is a great way to bring yourself some much-needed attention in the film world. Without a doubt, having your short see some success at festivals and then capture the attention of the Oscars, is almost every indie filmmaker’s dream.
On thing to keep in mind is there is typically not much financial reward when it comes to making a short film, so don’t get in over your head. Make one… but make it as cheap as possible without sacrificing your goals!
Here’s some requirements to have a short eligible for an Oscar:
- The length should be 40 minutes or less including the credits
- The Short must meet one of the following:
- must have been publicly exhibited for paid admission in a theater in LA County for at least seven days.
- must have won at one of the Qualifying Festival (see list here)
- must have won a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal award in the Academy’s 2015 Student Academy Awards competition
Awards are given in two categories, Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film.
Here’s a look at the 87th Academy Awards Nominated Short Films:
BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM
Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Jamesy and Malachy are presented with two baby chicks to raise by their soft-hearted father.
BUTTER LAMP (LA LAMPE AU BEURRE DE YAK)
Hu Wei and Julien Féret
A photographer and his assistant photograph the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan village.
Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
An Afghan teenager living in a refugee center in Switzerland encounters difficulties wiring money to her family and asks a young Swiss woman for help.
THE PHONE CALL
Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
A woman working for a crisis center phone line receives a call from a suicidal older man.
Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
A young woman waiting at an airport has an unexpected encounter with an arriving passenger.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
Tensions arise between two brothers as their elderly mother requires more care.
THE DAM KEEPER
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
A lonely little pig in charge of maintaining the town dam is cruelly bullied by his classmates.
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
The story of the relationship between a young man and the stray puppy he takes in is told through the food the dog receives.
ME AND MY MOULTON
Three sisters growing up in an unconventional Norwegian family ask their parents for a bicycle.
A SINGLE LIFE
A mysterious vinyl single gives a young woman the power to move back and forth through the years of her life.
Good Luck from Indiefilm to all the nominees!