Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts
Fri & Sat February 12 & 13
2016, 7:30 only;
Sun February 14
2016, 2:00 & 7:30
Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay
Patel, USA, 7 minutes
Synopsis: In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar
Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own
experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation
Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into
conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the
world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him
into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance
quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on
a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that
they can both embrace.
World of Tomorrow – dir. Don
Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes
Synopsis: A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical
tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals
unnerving secrets about humanity's fate.
Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio,
Chile, 11 minutes
Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical
diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin,
passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells
the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the
family from which he was taken.
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir.
Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes
Synopsis: Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of
becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of
training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to
achieve their shared goal.
Prologue – dir. Richard Williams,
UK, 6 minutes
Synopsis: Clocking in at six minutes, PROLOGUE describes an
incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a
small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The
dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the
intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself).
Williams - who is best known for his work as animation director on
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and
the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol
“adaptation - has worked on PROLOGUE for many years in between
other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman
Studios in Bristol, U.K.
ADDITIONAL FILM: If I Was God – dir. Cordell Baker,
Canada, 9 minutes
While dissecting a frog in Biology class, a 12-year-old boy who
senses the approaching power of adulthood speculates about what he
would do if he were God. This darkly whimsical,
semi-autobiographical 3D animated short was directed by two-time
Oscar®-nominated animator and long-time NFB filmmaker Cordell
ADDITIONAL FILM: The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse –
France, 7 minutes
Synopsis: A hungry grey fox sets out for a morning hunt, hoping
to find a tasty rodent to snack on. But the mouse he finds is no
ADDITIONAL FILM: The Loneliest Spotlight – dir. Bill
Plympton, USA, 6 minutes
Synopsis: The life and times of a neglected stoplight, voiced by
ADDITIONAL FILM: Catch It – France, 5 minutes
Synopsis: A group of meerkats takes care of its beloved and
unique fruit near their burrow, but a vulture intends to disturb
their peace of mind. A chase begins in the savannah.
To see a trailer and read a review, visit InternationalFilmSeries.com.