Films for 2018

Festival years: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
Achoo

In ancient China, a little dragon’s inability to breathe fire must be overcome in order to take part in the New Year’s celebration.

Dear Basketball

Written and narrated by basketball great Kobe Bryant, this adaptation of his retirement announcement in 2015 after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers is a testament to his love of the game. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

DeKalb Elementary

A secretary becomes the sole contact between a gunman and the police in this tense drama inspired by a 911 call during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the director’s graduation film in the UCLA MFA program in Film Directing. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

Garden Party

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts. This is the directors’ graduation film in 3D animation from MoPA. It had its Alberta premiere at the 2017 Reel Shorts Film Festival. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short. Behind the Scenes video…

Lost Property Office

Sometimes people can get lost in their work. Won the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for Best Short Animation among other awards.

LOU

LOU

A Pixar short about a lost-and-found box and the toy-stealing bully who ruins recess for the other kids. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

My Nephew Emmett

In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew from two racists out for blood. Based on true events. This is the director’s pre-thesis film for the New York University’s Graduate Film Program. It won the Gold Medal for Narrative Film at the 2017 Student Academy Awards and is nominated for an Academy…

Negative Space

In this bittersweet story of a father-son relationship, a man who is often away on business trips connects with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase efficiently. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short. Making of video

Revolting Rhymes

Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, this film weaves together classic fairy tales, playful twists and surprising endings. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

The Eleven O'Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other, the session gets out of control. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

The Silent Child

Profoundly deaf four-year-old Libby is expected to lip read to understand her hearing family, but it is not until Joanne, a fresh faced social worker, teaches Libby sign language that she learns to communicate. As their relationship blossoms, Libby’s mother begins to question whether Libby should be learning it at all. Nominated for an Academy…

Watu Wote - All of Us

In December 2015, a bus carrying Muslim and Christian passengers loses its police escort, leaving it vulnerable to a terrorist attack by the Al-Shabaab which has been targeting Kenya for almost a decade. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians has been growing, and a woman travelling alone fears what might happen…

Weeds

On the wrong side of a driveway in a barren yard of dry dirt and dead grass, a dandelion struggles to survive while its fellow weeds wither away and die. Across the concrete lies another yard where the sprinklers spray water and the grass is green. Can the dandelion make the journey to a better…

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