Two Canadian Shorts Advance in Oscar Race

If I Was God... Photo courtesy of the NFB
Two Canadian shorts advance in the Oscar race! Today’s announcement of the ten-film shortlist for Best Animated Short for this year’s Academy Awards includes two productions from the National Film Board of Canada, Carface (Auto Portraits), by directed Claude Clouthier, and If I Was God…, directed by Cordell Barker. The film’s join Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, OIFF 2014 selection Bear Story, and last year’s Audience Award winner at the Ottawa International Animation Festival We Can’t Live Without Cosmos. Canada and the NFB were last nominated in the category for Me and My Moulton. Best of luck in the race!

The films on the animated short shortlist are:

Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso), Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)
Carface (Autos Portraits), Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)
If I Was God…, Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Love in the Time of March Madness, Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)
My Home, Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)
An Object at Rest, Seth Boyden, director (California Institute of the Arts)
Prologue, Richard Williams, director, and Imogen Sutton, producer (Animation Masterclass)
Sanjay’s Super Team, Sanjay Patel, director, and Nicole Grindle, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit, director (Melnitsa Animation Studio)
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt, director (Bitter Films)