Some of the most inventive, entertaining, informative, heartwarming and important cinema is created in short form. Here are the 2018 Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Animated Short Film. All films in English. Total running time 83 minutes. Rated PG.
On the eve of his retirement from basketball, NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child. From his youthful dreams of glory to his 20-year career, Bryant describes how he and basketball have given each other all they have. His inspiring poem, DEAR BASKETBALL is stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams. Directed by Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant. USA. 5 minutes.
Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase. Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata. France. 6 minutes.
Lou, the guardian of the lost and found box at an elementary school, tries to teach young bully J.J. that giving to the other kids will make him feel better than stealing from them. Directed by Dave Mullins and Dana Murray. USA. 7 minutes.
The Wolf from the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the true and twisted story of his adventures and those of other characters in his world, including Snow White, Cinderella and Jack, the climber of beanstalks. The film is based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake. Directed by Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh. UK. 29 minutes.
A luxurious villa and its grounds have become home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone frogs and toads. While they enjoy the bounties on offer, including caviar and macaroons, the amphibians uncover the whereabouts of the villa’s owner. Directed by Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon. France. 7 minutes.
Additional films in this program include:
Lost Property Office: Directed by Daniel Agdag. Australia. 10 minutes.
Weeds: Directed by Kevin Hudson, USA, 2 minutes.
Achoo (details TBA)
Friday, February 16 at 12pm and 7pm
Saturday, February 17 at 11am and 2pm
Sunday, February 18 at 3pm and 6pm
Monday, February 19 at 12pm and 7pm