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Test your Academy Award predicting abilities on Sunday, Feb 17 at the Oscar Shorts presented by Q99 and the Prairie Mall. See all ten Oscar nominated short films – FIVE of them directed by Canadians. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $1 more.

  • Oscar Animated Shorts – rated 14A – Sunday, Feb 17 @ 3:00pm, GPLT (Grande Prairie Live Theatre) – $12 ($8 students)
  • Oscar Live Action Shorts – rated 14A (Violence, Mature Subject Matter) – Sunday, Feb 17 @ 7:30pm, GPLT – $12 $8 students) – *The Academy often nominates heavy dramas, but that is especially true this year with subject matter that involves imperiled children, murder, and racial violence as can be seen by scrolling down to watch the trailers*
  • Combo Ticket – includes admission to both of the above – $20 ($15 students)

Prizes valued at $662 to be won including $300 in Prairie Mall gift cards! Big thanks to Klean-Rite for providing the red carpets again to go with the Academy Awards spirit! If you’d like to wear your red carpet finery at the Oscar Live Action Shorts, there are two $50 Prairie Mall gift cards to be won for Best Red Carpet Finery! Endless thanks to Chris Beauchamp of Beauchamp Creative for designing all of the Oscar Shorts posters and related images since the first one in 2016! And a warm welcome to Lisa Bennett of Rare Island Media who will be on hand to take photos! See Facebook for photos from last year’s event.

Scroll down for prize details and to view the trailers.

Five Oscar Nominated Shorts Directed by Canadians

  1. Animal Behaviour, a production of the NFB (National Film Board of Canada), written and directed by David Fine and Alison Snowden of Vancouver. Read about them in Vancouver animation duo receive Oscar nomination for short Animal Behaviour, the January 23, 2019 Vancouver Sun article by Dana Gee.
  2. Bao, a Pixar short film written and directed by Domee Shi who grew up in Toronto, the setting of her film. She graduated with a Bachelor of Animation in 2011 from Sheridan College in Ontario, and earned an internship at Pixar which led to work as a storyboard artist and then story artist. Read about her in Drawing inspiration: Domee Shi breaks new ground with Pixar short Bao, an article in Ovation, Sheridan’s Alumni Magazine.
  3. Fauve, written, directed, and edited by Jeremy Comte of Montreal. At the age of 18, he directed Feel the Hill, a short documentary about longboarding that was accepted into the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. He later graduated from the Film Production program at Concordia University.
  4. Marguerite, written and directed by Marianne Farley, a singer, actress, and filmmaker who was born in Montreal and grew up in Quebec.
  5. Weekends, written and directed by Trevor Jimenez who grew up in Toronto, the setting of his film. He graduated with a Bachelor of Animation in 2007 from Sheridan College in Ontario. Not only did he and Domee Shi both grow up in Toronto and graduate from the same program at Sheridan College, but they also both work at Pixar as story artists. Trevor’s film was produced through Pixar’s co-op program which allows the studio’s artists to make films in their own time. Read about him in Art imitating life: Why Trevor Jimenez’s 15-minute short took 10 years to make.

Four Prizes (total value $662)

  1. Animated Oscar Winner (value $154) to be announced on the Academy Awards telecast on Feb 24: The first person whose ballot is drawn that correctly predicts the Academy Award winner from the Oscar Animated Shorts will win:
    • 4 ticket vouchers (value $48) to the Reel Shorts Film Festival May 6-13
    • 2 Cineplex Events tickets (value $56)
    • a $50 Prairie Mall gift card
  2. Live Action Oscar Winner (value $154) to be announced on the Academy Awards telecast on Feb 24: The first person whose ballot is drawn that correctly predicts the Academy Award winner from the Oscar Live Action Shorts will win:
    • 4 ticket vouchers (value $48) to the Reel Shorts Film Festival May 6-13
    • 2 Cineplex Events tickets (value $56)
    • a $50 Prairie Mall gift card
  3. Best Red Carpet Finery (value $100): Dress for the Oscar Live Action Shorts in your red carpet finery for a chance to win a $50 gift card from the Prairie Mall. TWO will be awarded! As you walk the red carpet – thanks to Klean-Rite – Lisa Bennett of Rare Island Media will be on hand to take photos. To see some photos from last year’s event, check out our Facebook page.
  4. Grand Prize Winner (value $274) to be announced on the Academy Awards telecast on Feb 24: The first person whose ballot is drawn that correctly predicts BOTH Academy Award winners from the Oscar Animated Shorts and the Oscar Live Action Shorts will win:
    • 2 Reel Shorts Fest Passes (value $118) to the Reel Shorts Film Festival May 6-13
    • 2 Cineplex Events tickets (value $56)
    • $100 in Prairie Mall gift cards

Trailers

Oscar Animated Shorts – 14A

Presented by Q99 and the Prairie Mall, this 75-minute package includes the 5 films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and 2 highly commended films.

Bao 5+
USA, 2018, 8 minutes

Late Afternoon 5+
Ireland, 2017, 9 minutes

Animal Behaviour 10+
Canada, 2018, 14 minutes

Weekends 10+ (Gory Scenes)
USA, 2017, 15 minutes

One Small Step 5+
USA/China, 2018, 8 minutes

Wishing Box 5+
USA, 2017, 5 minutes

Tweet-Tweet 5+
Russia, 2018, 11 minutes (Russian with English subtitles)

Oscar Live Action Shorts – 14A

Presented by Q99 and the Prairie Mall, this 108-minute package includes the 5 films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. It is rated 14A (Violence, Mature Subject Matter). The Academy often nominates heavy dramas, but that is especially true this year with submit matter involving imperiled children, murder, and racial violence.

Madre 10+ (Coarse Language)
Spain, 2017, 18 minutes (Spanish with English subtitles)

Fauve 14+ (Coarse Language)
Canada, 2018, 16 minutes (French with English subtitles)

Marguerite 10+ (Sexual Content)
Canada, 2017, 19 minutes (French with English subtitles)

Detainment 14+ (Disturbing Content)
Ireland, 2018, 30 minutes – Trailer

Skin 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence)
USA, 2018, 21 minutes