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Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals the 10 Short Films in Contention

Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals the 10 Short Films in Contention
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 short films that have been selected to advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. The 10 short films are vying for a nomination for Best Short Film. The shortlist includes the Pixar film “Lou,” written and directed by Dave Mullins. The short premiered at SXSW earlier this year and was shown in theaters ahead of “Cars 3.”

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One of the year’s highest profile short films is Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts,” but it was left off the shortlist. IndieWire gave Hertzfeldt’s sequel an A+ review and the film already had a theatrical qualifying run. Hertzfeldt has been nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar twice: “Rejected” in 2000 and “World of Tomorrow” in 2016.

The 10 qualifying short films are listed
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Don Hertzfeldt on ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ and Expanding Upon the Best Short Film of the Century

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Don Hertzfeldt on ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ and Expanding Upon the Best Short Film of the Century
On his Twitter profile, fiercely independent filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt describes himself as a “director of things / 2x oscar loser.” He’s selling himself short on both counts. For starters, “things” is an endearingly modest way of describing some of the most essential short films of the last 20 years, animated or otherwise; from revered early work like “Rejected,” to the trio of vignettes that were ultimately stitched together into a feature-length omnibus called “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” Hertzfeldt has created a singular universe of stick figures in crisis.

And then there’s the bit about being a two-time “oscar loser,” a distinction that Hertzfeldt earned when “World of Tomorrow” — his first digital project — was a 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short Film. It may not have won its creator the chance to give a speech on global television, but it did win him a legion of new fans.
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‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two': Watch Teaser to Cult Sci-Fi Short’s Sequel (Video)

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‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two': Watch Teaser to Cult Sci-Fi Short’s Sequel (Video)
Filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt is an animator who gained internet fame with his wacky and subversive short film “Rejected,” an early viral video back in 2000 way before YouTube was even a thing. His crude, stick figure drawings have come a long way since then, when his 2015 short “World of Tomorrow” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was eventually nominated for an Oscar. Now he’s made a sequel to that daring, award-winning short, “World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts,” which premiered at last monht’s Fantastic Fest. And today on Twitter,
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The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics

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It’s one thing to come up with a top 10 list of the best movies in any given year. The best movies of the decade is even harder. But the best movies of a century? Ok, when it comes to the new millennium, that’s just a decade and a half. Still, it’s no easy task to consider the highlights from 16 years of viewing — but that’s part of what makes it such a compelling challenge.

Recently, BBC polled a large group of critics, including IndieWire’s Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich, for their lists of the best achievements of the 21st century. (The full results will run in mid-to-late August.) The results of the poll have yet to run, but as countless participants have begun sharing their results, we felt compelled to weigh in. Of course, lists are highly subjective and almost always omit some major titles, so
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Oscar Pool Picks: Best Animated Short

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

While the Oscar’s best animated feature category has only existed since 2001, the award for best animated short has been presented since 1932. This year five short films from all across the globe are competing in the category.

With the exception of Pixar’s Sanjay’s Super Team, which accompanied the studio’s feature length film, The Good Dinosaur last year, most Oscar fans filling out their scorecards likely haven’t seen this year’s competitors for best animated short. Here’s a breakdown of all five films competing and which one may just have the edge.

Prologue: A highly stylized short centered on an intense, and brutally violent, struggle between four warriors, witnessed by a young girl. The short comes from the United Kingdom and was directed by two-time Oscar winner, Richard Williams, who won the best animated short Oscar in 1973 for A Christmas Carol.
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Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 Coming To Cinemas January 29

ShortsHD, the Only Short Film Channel (www.shorts.tv), working with Magnolia Pictures, will open “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016” on over 400 screens across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America on Friday January 29, 2016. “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016” will showcase the Live Action, Animation and Documentary short film nominees compilation as three separate theatrical events.

This marks the 11th year of the Oscar nominated short films theatrical experience and is the only opportunity for audiences to watch the nominated short films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

In 2015, the Oscar Nominated Short Films earned over $2.4 million worldwide, nearly doubling from just a few years prior. One of the most diverse categories in Academy consideration, this year’s Oscar® Nominated Short Films feature with projects originating from United States, France, Germany, Palestine, United Kingdom, Kosovo, Austria, Chile, Russia, Liberia, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Canada.

“Films
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'World of Tomorrow' (2015) Movie Review

My introduction to Don Hertzfeldt wasn't too long ago, though I have since become obsessed with his animated short Rejected, which is devilishly comical in each and every way. He's since done plenty, such as the ever-increasing-in-popularity It's Such a Beautiful Day from a few years ago to recently animating the opening couch gag for an episode of "The Simpsons". Now he delivers his latest short, a nearly 17-minute existential exploration of life, death and everything in-between in World of Tomorrow. With elements taken from his 2013 graphic novel "The End of the World" (how much I'm not entirely sure), World of Tomorrow tells the story of a young girl referred to as Emily Prime (voiced by Hertzfeldt's niece Winona Mae) as she is contacted by a third-generation clone of herself (voiced by Julia Pott) that takes her on a journey into a future filled with memories, sadness and plenty of comedy.
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Our favourite Netflix hidden gems

Our favourite Netflix hidden gems
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.

Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:

It's Such a Beautiful Day

Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.

His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.

The Short Game

Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your
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Sundance: Oksana Baiul, Acclaimed Director Don Hertzfeldt Featured Among Fest's Short Film Awards

Sundance: Oksana Baiul, Acclaimed Director Don Hertzfeldt Featured Among Fest's Short Film Awards
"World of Tomorrow," Don Hertzfeldt's seventh film to play in competition at Sundance (a festival record), has been awarded the 2015 Short Film Grand Jury Prize, burnishing an already impressive resume that includes the Oscar-nominated animated short "Rejected" (2000). Jurors K.K. Barrett, Alia Shawkat, and Autumn de Wilde chose "World of Tomorrow," in which "a little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future," from 60 films in this year's Short Film program, which was culled from more than 8,000 submissions. Recipients will be among the honorees at Saturday's awards ceremony, hosted by Tig Notaro and available to stream live at the festival's website. Check out the full list of winners below, along with Hertzfeldt's special guest appearance as writer, animator, and director of the first two minutes of the season premiere of "The Simpsons." Short Film Grand Jury Prize: "World of Tomorrow" / U.S.A....
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Sundance announces shorts winners

Sundance announces shorts winners
The Sundance Institute has announced its short film-making awards with Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow taking the short film grand jury prize.

The Us director and screenwriter took home top honours for his piece about a young girl’s mind-bending journey to the future. Hertzfeldt was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for his short film, Rejected.

In other awards announced on January 27, the short film jury award for Us fiction went to Frankie Shaw’s Smilf, while the international fiction award was granted to Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! from Japan.

Kitty Green’s The Face Of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul took home the award for the non-fiction category and the jury award for animation went to French writer-director Paul Cabon for Storm Hits Jacket.

Cécile Ducrocq’s Back Alley was honoured with the special jury award for acting, while Polish director Paulina Skibińska was awarded the special jury award for visual poetry in her
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Don Hertzfeldt writing and directing feature-length Antarctica animation

Don Hertzfeldt writing and directing feature-length Antarctica animation
Don Hertzfeldt is writing and directing Antarctica.

Snoot Entertainment has optioned the feature-length animation from the Oscar-nominated filmmaker.

The project is billed as a "genre-defying adventure which explores the world's coldest continent".

"Antarctica is an unusual project that's been turning around in my head for a very long time, uncertain how it would get made, and I'm excited to actually have the chance now to take the plunge with [Snoot producers Keith Calder and Jessica Calder] and their brave team," said Hertzfeldt.

"After 20 years of animating alone, this will also mark the first time I'll have the opportunity to work with a talented team of animators, and I'm looking forward to being able to walk into a room of hard-working artists every day and telling them that everything they're doing is wrong."

Hertzfeldt is best known for his animated shorts Rejected and Everything Will Be Ok.

His latest short, World of Tomorrow, screened on the opening night
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'The Guest' Producer Boards Animated Comedy 'Antarctica'

'The Guest' Producer Boards Animated Comedy 'Antarctica'
Snoot Entertainment, the production company behind You're Next, The Guest and Charlie Kaufman's upcoming animated film Anomalisa, announced today that they have optioned Don Hertzfeldt's script for Antarctica, an animated, genre-defying adventure which explores the world's coldest continent. The film will also be directed by Hertzfeldt drawing on his signature visual style. Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Calder will produce along with Hertzfeldt. Hertzfeldt's manager Jeremy Platt will executive-produce and Snoot's Roxanne Benjamin will co-produce.

Hertzfeldt is premiering his new short film World of Tomorrow during the opening night of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. With World of Tomorrow as his seventh short film in competition, he has had more films play in competition at Sundance than any other filmmaker. Other projects Hertzfeldt has helmed include the Academy Award nominated cult favorite Rejected, and Everything Will Be Ok, which was awarded the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award in Short Filmmaking.
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Don Hertzfeldt Will Head to ‘Antarctica’ With ‘The Guest’ Producers For Next Feature-Length Animation

As the premiere of his next short film quickly approaches, Don Hertzfeldt, the independent animator and Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Rejected and It’s Such a Beautiful Day, has unveiled his new feature-length animation, Antarctica. The animated tale will be set in Antarctica, as the title suggests, and as one might expect, feature his signature hand-drawn style, but unlike his previous […]
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‘You’re Next,’ ‘The Guest’ Producers Board Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘Antarctica’

‘You’re Next,’ ‘The Guest’ Producers Board Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘Antarctica’
Prolific independent animator and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, It’s Such a Beautiful Day) is teaming up with Keith Calder and Jessica Calder’s Snoot Entertainment to make his next feature-length film, Antarctica. The animated adventure is set on the world’s coldest continent and will be directed by Hertzfeldt from his own script in his signature style, although unlike his previous solo animated projects, this time he’ll be working with a team of animators.

Snoot, the production shingle behind You’re Next, The Guest, and the upcoming Charlie Kaufman animation Anomalisa, optioned the Antarctica script and principals Calder and Calder will produce alongside Hertzfeldt. Hertzfeldt’s manager Jeremy Platt is executive producing and Snoot’s Roxanne Benjamin is co-producer on the project.

Hertzfeldt, known for his emotionally evocative hand-drawn style and multimedia shorts, was up for the Palme d’Or for his 1998 short Billy’s Balloon and
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Don Hertzfeldt's 'Simpsons' Couch Gag is... Well... What You'd Expect

I first came to know animator Don Hertzfeldt through his Oscar-nominated "Rejected", a collection of animated shorts he created for commercials and television network interstitials for the Family Learning Channel, all of which were, to no surprise, rejected. My favorite of the bunch (which you can watch at the bottom of this post) is the very first one in which a character screams "My spoon is too big!" before he's joined by a talking banana. No, it doesn't make any sense, but that's exactly what I love about it. Now, "The Simpsons" have opened the door to Hertzfeldt to take over their "couch gag" scenario that plays at the beginning of each episode just as they did with Banksy (watch here), Sylvain Chomet and Guillermo del Toro (watch here) recently. To no surprise it is completely batsh*t insane, but I'm largely posting it so you can watch the "My spoon is too big" piece,
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'The Simpsons' Season 26 premiere couch gag is a delightful acid trip gone wrong

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'The Simpsons' Season 26 premiere couch gag is a delightful acid trip gone wrong
Last night "The Simpsons" returned for their twenty-sixth(!) season. After binging on all things Springfield for weeks on Fxx, fans tuned in to see the original dysfunctional animated family finally meet their spiritual successors from "Family Guy." But the craziest moment happened before the credits were even over. Somehow Homer gets ahold of a time device and things run amok quickly. Eagle-eyed fans of cult animation surely recognized Don Hertzfeldt's signature style is all over this extended LSD nightmare. In case you missed the early aughts' heyday of Hertzfeldt's work, he was an Internet sensation for his surreal "Rejected" series. In the years since, this Oscar-nominated  short has become a cult classic in the vein of "Rocky Horror."
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The Simpsons Premiere Video: Watch Don Hertzfeldt's Trippy Couch Gag

The Simpsons Premiere Video: Watch Don Hertzfeldt's Trippy Couch Gag
People often joke about The Simpsons, now in its 26th season, continuing forever — but what if it really did?

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The couch gag on Sunday’s season premiere explored that very notion, and the results were surprisingly mind-blowing. Directed by Don Hertzfeldt — the award-winning animator/filmmaker behind such fare as the Oscar-nominated 2000 short Rejected, which presented a commentary on corporate advertising — the two-minute sequence propelled The Simpsons far into the future. More specifically, it brought them to Septembar 36.4, 10,535 for a look at episode 164.775.7.

The result was unsettling, brilliant and, at times,
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You need to watch 'The Simpsons' premiere's insane opening sequence

You need to watch 'The Simpsons' premiere's insane opening sequence
Shout all you want that The Simpsons hasn't been good for the past years; either way, you can't deny that the show's recent spate of elaborate, extended couch gags has led to some dazzling, audaciously creative stuff. This is especially true when The Simpsons turns over its opening to famous animators and filmmakers like Michal Socha, Guillermo del Toro—and, most recently, indie idol Don Hertzfeldt, beloved for absurdist fare like the Oscar-nominated short film Rejected. (Contrary to semi-popular belief, he has nothing to do with those lookalike Pop Tart commercials from 2011; as the F.A.Q. section of his website states,
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Watch ‘The Simpsons’ Weirdest Opening Couch Gag Yet (Video)

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Watch ‘The Simpsons’ Weirdest Opening Couch Gag Yet (Video)
“The Simpsons” kicked off season 26 on Sunday with the suggestion that the show will run far into the future. Also read: ‘Family Guy'-'Simpsons’ Crossover Is Everything Fans of Both Shows Love The standard couch gag, which opens every episode, featured Homer going back in time to his first animated incarnation, before joining his family thousands, if not millions of years in the future. The result is, well, weird. See video: ‘The Simpsons’ Groundskeeper Willie Wants Scotland to Finally Break Free Don Hertzfeldt, an animator best known for his Oscar-nominated short “Rejected” and 2012 feature-length film “It's Such a Beautiful Day,
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The Simpsons meets Don Hertzfeldt in surreal couch gag

The Simpsons meets Don Hertzfeldt in surreal couch gag
The Simpsons' 26th season premiere may have had fans debating about which character would die, but they were completely taken aback by the show's couch gag.

Acclaimed animator Don Hertzfeldt created the episode's intro, taking viewers into a bizarre and somewhat haunting future world.

The abstract and surreal couch gag transports Homer to the deep future 'sun-date' of Septembar 36.4, 10,535, with rather dark and chilling results.

It reminds us a little bit of the 'Worker and Parasite' cartoon that Krusty was thoroughly confused by in 'Krusty Gets Kancelled'.

Last night (September 28) also saw a recurring character die in the season premiere, while Family Guy aired a special hour-long crossover episode in Springfield.

Hertzfeldt's other works include It's Such a Beautiful Day, The Meaning of Life, and the Academy-Award nominated Rejected. Watch the latter below:
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