Two films from the National Film Board of Canada are in the running for an Oscar for animated short films.
Dimanche/Sunday by Patrick Doyon and Wild Life by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby are on a list of 10 films released Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The three to five nominees for the Oscar will be chosen from this list. The academy narrows the field to give its members a chance to see all the competitors before the voting process.
Dimanche/Sunday is a magical tale about an idle Sunday shown from a child’s eye view. While the family gathers at Grandma’s house, some of the boys sneak off to place a coin on the train tracks.
Wild Life, about a dapper young Englishman trying to cope with life on the Prairies in 1909 Canada, won best Canadian animation from the Canadian Film Institute earlier this year.
The other films competing for an Oscar nomination:
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC).
- I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat, Matthew O'Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.).
- La Luna, Enrico Casarosa, director (Pixar Animation Studios).
- Luminaris, Juan Pablo Zaramella, director (JPZtudio).
- Magic Piano, Martin Clapp, director and Hugh Welchman, producer (BreakThru Films).
- A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard, director and Sue Goffe, producer (Studio AKA) .
- Paths of Hate, Damian Nenow, director (Platige Image).
- Specky Four-Eyes, Jean-Claude Rozec, director and Mathieu Courtois, producer (Vivement Lundi!).
The short films committee viewed 44 eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.