Short fiction films (segregated into live action and animated categories) have three potential routes to an Oscar nomination:
- Screen theatrically in Los Angeles
- Win a qualifying film festival award
- Win a Student Academy Award
To be eligible for consideration, one of the above criteria must be met between October 1st 2015 and September 30th 2016.
Below are all the qualifying festivals and awards for the 89th Academy Awards.
Short Film Qualifying Festivals 2016-2017
|Academia De Las Artes Las Ciencias Cinematograficas De Espana||Spain||Goya Award for Best Fiction Short Film|
|Academia De Las Artes Las Ciencias Cinematograficas De Espana||Spain||Goya Award for Best Animated Short Film|
|Academie Des Arts Et Techniques Du Cinema||France||Best Short Film|
|Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television||Canada||Best Live Action Short|
|Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television||Canada||Best Animated Short|
|AFI Fest||USA||Grand Jury Prize|
|Anima, The Brussels Animation Film Festival||Belgium||Brand Prix Anima for Best International Short Film|
|Anima Mundi||Brazil||Best Animation|
|Animafest Zagreb - World Festival of Animated Film||Croatia||Grand Prix - Best Short Film of the Festival|
|Ann Arbor Film Festival||USA||Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival|
|Ann Arbor Film Festival||USA||Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film|
|Ann Arbor Film Festival||USA||Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film|
|Annecy International Animation Film Festival||France||Le Cristal d'Annecy|
|Annecy International Animation Film Festival||France||Jury Award|
|Aspen Shortsfest||USA||Best Animation|
|Aspen Shortsfest||USA||Best Comedy|
|Aspen Shortsfest||USA||Best Drama|
|Aspen Shortsfest||USA||Best Short Short|
|Athens International Film and Video Festival||USA||Best Narrative|
|Athens International Film and Video Festival||USA||Best Animation|
|Atlanta Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short Film|
|Atlanta Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short Film|
|Austin Film Festival||USA||Animated Short Jury Award|
|Austin Film Festival||USA||Narrative Short Jury Award|
|Berlin International Film Festival||Germany||Golden Bear - International Shorts Competition|
|Bermuda International Film Festival||Bermuda||Bermuda Shorts Award|
|Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film||Spain||Grand Prize of the Bilbao Festival|
|British Academy of Film and Television Arts||UK||Best British Short Film|
|British Academy of Film and Television Arts||UK||Best Short Animation Film|
|Calgary International Film Festival||Canada||Best Overall Short Film Award|
|Cannes International Film Festival||France||Palme d'Or - Best Short Film|
|Cartagena International Film Festival||Colombia||Best Short Film|
|Chicago International Children's Film Festival||USA||Adult Jury First Place - Animated Short|
|Chicago International Children's Film Festival||USA||Adult Jury First Place - Live Action Short|
|Chicago International Film Festival||USA||Golden Hugo for Best Short Film|
|Cinanima International Animated Film Festival||Portugal||Grand Prize|
|Cinequest Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short|
|Cinequest Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short|
|Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival||France||International Competition Grand Prize|
|Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival||France||National Competition Grand Prize|
|Cleveland International Film Festival||USA||Best Live Action Short Film|
|Cleveland International Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short Film|
|Cork Film Festival||Ireland||Grand Prix International Short|
|Cork Film Festival||Ireland||Grand Prix Irish Short|
|David Di Donatello Award||Italy||Best Short Film|
|Dubai International Film Festival||UAE||Best Film - Muhr Shorts|
|Edmonton International Film Festival||Canada||International Short Film Award|
|Edmonton International Film Festival||Canada||Animated Short Film Award|
|Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival||UK||Brief Encounters Grand Prix|
|Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival||UK||Animated Encounters Grand Prix|
|Flickerfest International Short Film Festival||Australia||Best International Short Film|
|Flickerfest International Short Film Festival||Australia||Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation|
|Flickerfest International Short Film Festival||Australia||Best Australian Short Film|
|Florida Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short|
|Florida Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short|
|Foyle Film Festival||Ireland||Best Irish Short Film|
|Foyle Film Festival||Ireland||Best International Short Film|
|Foyle Film Festival||Ireland||Best Animated Short Film|
|Galway Film Fleadh||Ireland||James Horgan Award for the Best Animation|
|Galway Film Fleadh||Ireland||Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama|
|German Short Film Award||Germany||Live Action 1 min - 7 min|
|German Short Film Award||Germany||Live Action 7 min - 30 min|
|German Short Film Award||Germany||Animated Films 1 min - 30 min|
|Gijon International Film Festival||Spain||Premio Principado De Asturios Al Mejor Cortometraje (Best Short Film)|
|Guadalajara International Film Festival||Mexico||Best Iberoamerican Short Film|
|Guadalajara International Film Festival||Mexico||Best Mexican Animated Short Film|
|Guanajuato International Film Festival||Mexico||Best Short Animation|
|Guanajuato International Film Festival||Mexico||Best Short Fiction International|
|Hamptons International Film Festival||USA||Golden Starfish Award for Best Short Film|
|Heartland Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short|
|Hiroshima International Animation Festival||Japan||Grand Prix|
|Huesca International Film Festival||Spain||International Short Film Contest - Danzante Award|
|Huesca International Film Festival||Spain||Latin American Short Film Contest - Danzante Award|
|Jerusalem Film Festival||Israel||Van Leer Award for Short Independent Film|
|Krakow Film Festival||Poland||Golden Dragon for Best Short Film|
|Krakow Film Festival||Poland||Silver Dragon for Best Short Animated Film|
|Krakow Film Festival||Poland||Silver Dragon for Best Short Fiction Film|
|Leeds International Film Festival||UK||Louis le Prince International Short Film Award|
|Leeds International Film Festival||UK||World Animation Award|
|Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film||Germany||Golden Dove - International Competition Animated Film|
|Leuven International Short Film Festival||Belgium||Jury Award Best European Short Film|
|Leuven International Short Film Festival||Belgium||Jury Award Best Flemish Short Film|
|Locarno International Film Festival||Switzerland||Golden Leopard - Best Short Film, International Competition|
|Locarno International Film Festival||Switzerland||Golden Leopard - Best Short Film, National Competition|
|Los Angeles Film Festival||USA||Best Animated / Experimental Short Film|
|Los Angeles Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short Film|
|LA Shorts Fest||USA||Best of Fest|
|LA Shorts Fest||USA||Best Foreign Film|
|LA Shorts Fest||USA||Best Animation|
|Melbourne International Film Festival||Australia||City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film|
|Melbourne International Film Festival||Australia||Best Australian Short Film|
|Montreal Festival Du Nouveau Cinema||Canada||Best Short Film - International Competition|
|Montreal World Film Festival||Canada||First Prize - Short Film|
|Morelia International Film Festival||Mexico||Best Animated Short Film|
|Morelia International Film Festival||Mexico||Best Short Fiction Film|
|Nashville Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short|
|Nashville Film Festival||USA||Best Live Action Short|
|New York International Children's Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short|
|New York International Children's Film Festival||USA||Best Live Action Short|
|Nordisk Panorama Film Festival||Nordic Countries||Best Nordic Short Film|
|Norweigan Short Film Festival||Norway||Best Norwiegan Short Film|
|Oberhausen International Short Film Festival||Germany||Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen|
|Odense International Film Festival||Denmark||International Competition Grand Prix|
|Odense International Film Festival||Denmark||National Competition Grand Prix|
|Odense International Film Festival||Denmark||Animation Competition Grand Prix|
|Ottawa International Animation Festival||Canada||Best Independent Short|
|Palm Springs International Shortfest||USA||Best of the Festival Award|
|Palm Springs International Shortfest||USA||Best Animation Short|
|Palm Springs International Shortfest||USA||Best Live Action Short 15 minutes and under|
|Palm Springs International Shortfest||USA||Best Live Action Short over 15 minutes|
|Raindance Film Festival||UK||Short Film of the Festival|
|Rhode Island International Film Festival||USA||Grand Prize, Short Film|
|Rhode Island International Film Festival||USA||Grand Prize, Animated Short Film|
|Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival||Brazil||Grand Prix - International Competition|
|Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival||Brazil||Grand Prix - National Competition|
|Riverrun International Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short Film|
|St. Kilda Film Festival||Australia||Best Short Film|
|St. Louis International Film Festival||USA||Best of Fest|
|St. Louis International Film Festival||USA||Best Live Action Short|
|St. Louis International Film Festival||USA||Best Animated Short|
|San Francisco International Film Festival||USA||Golden Gate Award Narrative Short|
|San Francisco International Film Festival||USA||Golden Gate Award Animated Short|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||USA||Bruce Corwin Award - Best Live Action Short Film|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||USA||Bruce Corwin Award - Best Animation Short Film|
|Seattle International Film Festival||USA||Best Short Live Action|
|Seattle International Film Festival||USA||Best Short Animation|
|Short Shorts Film Festival||Japan||Best of Festival Award - Grand Prix|
|Show Me Shorts Film Festival||New Zealand||Best Film|
|Show Me Shorts Film Festival||New Zealand||Best International Film|
|Siggraph||USA||Best in Show|
|Singapore International Film Festival||Singapore||Best Southeast Asian Short Film|
|Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia||Spain||Best in Competition Short Film|
|Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia||Spain||Best Animated Short Film|
|Slamdance Film Festival||USA||Jury Award for Narrative Short|
|Slamdance Film Festival||USA||Jury Award for Animation Short|
|South by Southwest||USA||Best Animated Short|
|South by Southwest||USA||Best Narrative Short|
|Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film||Germany||Grand Prix International Competition|
|Sundance Film Festival||USA||Short Film Grand Jury Prize|
|Sundance Film Festival||USA||Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction|
|Sundance Film Festival||USA||Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction|
|Sundance Film Festival||USA||Short Film Jury Award: Animation|
|Sydney Film Festival||Australia||Dendy Award - Best Australian Short Film - Live Action|
|Sydney Film Festival||Australia||Yoram Gross Animation Award|
|Tampere Film Festival||Finland||International Competition Grand Prix|
|Tampere Film Festival||Finland||National Competition Main Prize less than 30 minutes|
|Tribeca Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short|
|Uppsala International Short Film Festival||Sweden||International Competition Grand Prix|
|Uppsala International Short Film Festival||Sweden||National Competition Best Swedish Short|
|Urbanworld Film Festival||USA||Best Narrative Short|
|Venice International Film Festival||Italy||Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film|
|Vis Vienna Independent Shorts||Austria||Vienna Short Film Award for Best International Fiction Film|
|Vis Vienna Independent Shorts||Austria||Vienna Short Film Award for Best Animation Avantgarde Film|
|Warsaw Film Festival||Poland||Grand Prix for Best Short Film|
|Warsaw Film Festival||Poland||Best Animated Short Film|
|Warsaw Film Festival||Poland||Best Live Action Short Film|
|Winterthur International Short Film Festival||Switzerland||Grand Prize for the International Competition|
|Winterthur International Short Film Festival||Switzerland||Price for the Best Swiss Film|
Black Panther Aiming For Best Picture, Not Best Popular, According To Chadwick Boseman
It’s Hollywood’s worst-kept secret; Marvel Studios’ chief Kevin Feige wants an Oscar. And not just a technical Oscar either. Following in the footsteps of Walt Disney, Feige’s ultimate goal is for one of his movies to win Best Picture. With Black Panther being a cultural juggernaut, the producer-extraordinaire sees it as his best chance yet and has reportedly hired veteran award strategist Cynthia Schwartz’s company – Strategy PR – to push for the nomination.
However, The Academy themselves threw a spanner in the works last month, when they announced the introduction of a brand new category at next year’s awards ceremony: Best Achievement in Popular Film. With Black Panther presently the highest-grossing film of the year domestically, and the second-highest internationally, it’s the clear favourite to win in the new category (at least, to the best of everyone’s knowledge – The Academy have, frustratingly, refused to define the new award). However according to King T’Challa himself, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, that’s not the goal.
“We don’t know what [Best Popular] is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter, “What I can say is that there’s no campaign for Popular Film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for Best Picture, and that’s all there is to it.”
“A good movie is a good movie,” the Get On Up star continued, “and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [predominantly low-grossing, highly-praised art-house fare] wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides. For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”
“What we did was very difficult. We created a world, we created a culture … we had to create a religion, a spirituality, a politics; we had to create an accent; we had to pull from different cultures to create clothing styles and hair styles. It’s very much like a period piece. … So, as far as that’s concerned, I dare any movie to try to compare to the difficulty of this one. And the fact that so many people liked it — if you just say it’s [only] popular, that’s elitist.”
Chadwick has a point – the gross of a film has never, and should not, affect a film’s chances at winning Best Picture. However, whilst The Academy has made clear that a film can be nominated for both Best Film and Best Popular (frustrating many members who have then rightfully asked what the point is), they have somewhat written themselves into a corner when it comes to Black Panther. See, through a very specific sequence of events, The Academy have manufactured a situation where the most likely events to play out on the night will be Damien Chazelle’s buzzy First Man, a movie with an all-white cast and crew, winning Best Picture… whilst the all-black cast and crew of Black Panther accept the new ‘separate but equal’ award for Best Achievement in Popular Film. Yikes.
Black Panther is available on Digital, DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K now, and is rated 12A.
Danny DeVito To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At The San Sebastian Film Festival
Batman Returns star Danny DeVito is set to receive the coveted Donostia Award, honouring him for his career achievements, at the sixty-sixth annual San Sebastian Film Festival this September.
“The award recognizes a career of almost five decades related to acting in theatre, film and television, telling stories as an actor, producer and director,” the Spanish festival’s organisers said in a statement, “The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner is known for his roles in television series Taxi and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and movies such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, Romancing The Stone, Twins, Ruthless People, and Tin Men.”
“He has also directed – and starred in – hugely emblematic films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Hoffa (1992), Death to Smoochy (2002), Throw Momma From the Train (1987), Curmudgeons (2016), Duplex (2003), The Ratings Game (1984), and The World’s Greatest Lover (1977).”
The San Sebastian Film Festival will run from the 21st to the 29th of September. Danny DeVito can next be heard in animated children’s flick Smallfoot, which will premiere on the 23rd at the Festival.
THE BURDEN OF OSCAR: POLITICS AND FILM.
2017 was not overly kind to Hollywood. A drop in cinema audiences. Dismal summer box office. Increasing competition from the rise of Netflix and compelling television shows. Decreasing ratings for movie awards shows. Justice League.
And please, nobody even mention Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey.
In short it all went a bit Pete Tong for La La Land last year.
In fact the La La Land /Moonlight mix up at the Oscars in February now seems a rare bright spot in the 2017 tinsel town calendar. Reading out the wrong best picture winner? Light relief! Oh, how we can laugh now at a ‘wrong envelope mishap’ in the wake of #metoo and #sheknew
So, where and when did the rot start?
I’d suggest November 2016. On 8th November to be precise. Hollywood was tux and gown ready to celebrate the presidential victory of the woman whose campaign many A listers had funded to the tune of millions. However, 60 million Americans had a different plan. Enter the Donald!
The rest is outrage history.
Hollywood has since used Twitter, late night chat shows the press and most of all, awards shows to bash Trump……….and by association the 60 million who voted for him. 60 million potential movie fans.
Some love the political content of awards shows. Some are infuriated by it. But for many the politics has just got old really quickly. All they want from their movie and tv stars is entertainment. Yet the one industry that has the power to bring polarised communities together isn’t managing it. Nor does the entertainment media help.
The dumbest question on the movie red carpet in 2017 was one that was repeated the most, earnestly each time as if it was something unbelievably profound: what do you think will Trump voters make of your film?
Alexander Payne when asked it at the Venice film festival was one of the few who refused to be baited. He said he hoped that he made films for everybody. Unfortunately for him, his film Downsizing didn’t exactly please everybody but at least he recognised that his role is as a filmmaker not political campaigner. Similarly, while other stars have lost fans due to their relentless political tirades, Frances McDormand has been gaining them by being funny, entertaining and making it clear that her politics are her private business. But Payne and McDormand are rare. Too many stars and filmmakers take the media bait or can’t resist lecturing the world on the cause du jour when it isn’t the time and place to do so.
That is the issue. There is a time and place to make earnest speeches, to berate, to demand change, to highlight injustice. The Oscars podium isn’t it.
I’ve been lucky enough to go to the Oscars. It was a terrific experience. It was everything I’d imagined the Oscars to be; glamorous, fun, starry and an escape from the norm. The dresses were colourful and gorgeous. The jokes were funny. Everyone was out to party!
Was it frivolous, unreal and superficial. Yep. And it was all the more wonderful for that because I’d come to the event from conducting a 15 day case in the High court about a paedophile ring. So I know about the real world, thank you. And so do the millions who watch the Oscars on television around the world. The Oscars is their escape from the real world, as it was mine.
Yes, the Oscars has always been political to a degree; Marlon Brando sending a Native American woman to collect his Oscar for The Godfather, Michael Moore leading the charge against President Bush and the Iraq war, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon highlighting Haiti and many more issues. But those were moments in a lengthy ceremony. The rest of the show remained light and fun. The atmosphere overall wasn’t somber, even funereal. In the last 3-4 years the politics has completely overshadowed the films and the film stars.
The Oscars now seems to be first about race, sexuality, political affiliation, hashtag movements with the actual work second.
The #oscarssowhite in 2016 campaign was the first year that I can remember when a cause dominated the coverage, pushing the films and actors in contention for the awards out of the limelight. But it has continued. Last year the subject was President Trump. This year it’s #metoo and #TimesUp.
Around Oscar time I get asked 3 main questions: which of the nominated films do I recommend? Who do I think will win? Who had the best dress?
The first suggests that being nominated/winning really does help a film’s box office. And since the Oscars is essentially an industry event at which the film business shows off its wares, that’s a good thing. The second shows that humans are a competitive lot at heart. It’s why we love sport. No one truly likes ‘participation prizes’. We want there to be a ‘best’ so we can endlessly argue about it for evermore afterwards.
And yes, the third question is every bit as legitimate as the first two. Hollywood is the epitome of glamour. Fashion is big business that employs many people. The Oscars brings the two together on a world stage. And yes, women get asked about their dresses because it’s what many people tune in to see. The men’s tuxedos are the same each year. They aren’t the draw.
Funnily, the questions that don’t crop up are ‘what does Chris Hemsworth think about Brexit’ or ‘ What are Rebel Wilson’s views on the fiscal crisis’.
Maybe, just maybe, people don’t really care.
As I write this, some media outlets are reporting that Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will present the best actress award this year instead of Casey Affleck. He withdrew recently from the tradition of the previous best actor winner presenting the new best actress winner with her gong, most likely, because he didn’t want or need the media coverage that would have dogged him in respect of allegations of sexual misconduct which were subject to an agreement between him and two women. None of the trio are legally allowed to speak publicly about the agreement. No one outside their respective close circles and legal advisers knows what the terms of the agreement were. Affleck could have agreed terms because he’s guilty as hell and didn’t want a court trial to prove it. The women could have been lying through their teeth and didn’t want a court trial to prove it.
Or, you know, the truth could lie somewhere in the middle. As it often does. Point is, we will never know.
That, of course didn’t stop hysterical speculation last year on social media of what Casey Affleck was ‘definitely, absolutely, 100% guilty of” – because – wait for it- he always plays creepy guys on screen! And it wouldn’t have stopped it this year, specially in the wake of #metoo. So Affleck stepped aside.
If it’s true that Lawrence and Foster will replace him, has the Academy really thought it through? What’s the message here:
That it takes two women to replace one man?
That there are no men left in Hollywood who can even safely present a woman with an award?
That only women can present an award to a woman because gender segregation is where we’re at in 2018??!!
See, this is what happens when you add politics to the mix. You may think you’re doing something right but it can come out all wrong.
On Oscar night on Sunday, armed police and security guards will protect stars who will go on stage and speak passionately against guns. Actresses who cheered and gave standing ovations to convicted child rapist Roman Polanski will now speak passionately against sexual predators. The list is endless of hypocrisies Hollywood can be called out for, so the wise thing to do might be to leave politics outside the door and, you know, entertain on the biggest night of the glamour industry.
However, I’m not betting on it.
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