2017 Animated Oscar Shorts

87 mins.
Directed by Various directors

This year's Oscar-nominated animated short films include stories about a sheriff facing his past, a girl with magical eyes, a father and daughter criss-crossing the country in their hatchback, and a Canadian ex-pat in need of a liver transplant in China.

The program is recommended PG, except for PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, which contains violence, strong language, sex, and drug use. PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES plays last and is introduced by a title card, for anyone who wishes to leave.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts

BORROWED TIME – dir. 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. 

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.

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.

PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes
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?

Additional shorts:

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 Barker. 

THE SHORT STORY OF A FOX AND A MOUSE – dir. Camille Chaix, Hugo Jean, Juliette Jourdan, Marie Pillier, and Kevin Roger, France, 7 minutes
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 ordinary mouse...

THE LONELIEST SPOTLIGHT – dir. Bill Plympton, USA, 6 minutes
The life and times of a neglected stoplight, voiced by Patton Oswalt.

CATCH IT – dir. Paul Bar, Marion Demaret, Nadège Forner, Pierre-Baptiste Marty, Julien Robyn, and Jordan Soler, France, 5 minutes
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.