Oscar nominated short films screening at PIFF 35

The Academy Award nominees were announced today and we’re excited to say that 7 out of the 10 short film nominations will be screened at this year’s 35th Portland International Film Festival! The Oscar Nominees include three Live Action Films (PENTECOST, RAJU, and TIME FREAK) and four Animated Films (SUNDAY, THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, LA LUNA, and WILD LIFE). Take a look at the trailers below.

In addition to the healthy serving of Oscar Shorts, three films in the Foreign Language Film category (BULLHEAD, MONSIEUR LAZHAR, and FOOTNOTE), and one in the Animated Feature Film category (A CAT IN PARIS) will be shown at PIFF 35. This past year’s Reel Music Festival, also hosted by the Film Center, featured CHICO AND RITA, another Animated Feature nominee at the 2012 Oscars.

Best Short Film, Live Action

PENTECOST – DIRECTOR: Peter McDonald – Ireland

When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass, he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life…football. (11 mins.)

RAJU – DIRECTOR: Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren – Germany

When a German couple arrive in an Indian city to adopt a boy, his brief escape triggers a glimpse inside a system of procurement that may not be as altruistic as it first seems. (24 mins.)

TIME FREAK – DIRECTOR: Andrew Bowler – United States

Chronology goes comically awry for a wacky inventor trying to change his life through his time machine. (10 mins.)

Best Short Film, Animated 

SUNDAY – DIRECTOR: Patrick Doyen – Canada

On a gray afternoon, a young boy creates his own form of entertainment when the family makes its weekly trek to visit the grandparents. (9 mins.)


This lyrical love letter to books celebrates the transformative powers of storytelling. (17 mins.)

LA LUNA – DIRECTOR: Enrico Casarosa – United States

This Pixar-produced film tells the story of a boy who finds himself conflicted between the ways of his elders as he takes to the sea with his Papa and Grandpa. (7 mins.)


WILD LIFE – DIRECTOR: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby – Canada

A dapper Englishman tries his hand at becoming a “rancher” in Alberta, but his romanticized visions of Canadian prairie life soon take a turn for the worse. (14 mins.)


The complete PIFF schedule can be found online here and here on Jan. 31. Advance tickets online Jan. 31 at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff35/.

The complete list of Oscar Nominees at http://oscar.go.com/nominees/.

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