2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated

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1hr 27mins // directed by:Theodore Ushev, Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Robert Valley, Cara Speller, Patrick Osborne, Alan Barillaro, Marc Sondheimer

The Coolidge is proud to present the Oscar Shorts showcasing the 2017 nominees in the Animation category.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017 program offers viewers the rare opportunity to experience the year’s best short films from across the globe, collected together in this special cinematic showcase courtesy of Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 26. 


Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes

Vasyha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. 


Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes

A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on. 


Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. 


Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes

Piper, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. 


The Head Vanishes – 9 minutes (additional film)

Asteria  – 5 minutes (additional film)

Happy End  – 6 minutes (additional film)


Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes 

- not suitable for children

Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really like to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright... what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.