List is heavy on foreign-language titles, with only one American-made film still in the running
The Academy's Short Films and Feature Animation Branch has chosen 10 films to continue in the race for the Best Live-Action Short Oscar, and the shortlist is an international affair.
Only one of the films, “Record/Play,” is a U.S. production. The other shortlisted entries are spread out around the world, with an emphasis on Europe: The films come from Spain, France, Croatia, Denmark, India, Finland, Canada, Italy and the UK.
The 10 semi-finalists were chosen out of 120 qualifying shorts, and were reviewed by members of the branch at screenings in Los Angeles. Screenings of the shortlisted films will be held next month in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Three to five films will be nominated, based on scores by branch voters.
The shortlisted filmmakers include Kim Magnusson, the producer of “Helium,” who has been nominated four previous times, and has won once.
Nominations will be announced Jan. 16.
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me),” Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan)
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions)
“Dva (Two),” Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch)
“Helium,” Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
“Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, director (Red Carpet Moving Pictures)
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen, director, and Kirsikka Saari, screenwriter (Tuffi Films)
“Record/Play,” Jesse Atlas, director, and Thom Fennessey, executive producer (Collaboration Factory)
“Throat Song,” Miranda de Pencier, director (Northwood Productions)
“Tiger Boy,” Gabriele Mainetti, director (Goon Films)
“The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer (Honlodge Productions)