Oscar-Nominated Shorts Get Feb. 19 Release

This year’s Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films will once again get a theatrical run from Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures starting Feb. 19.

This is the fifth year the companies have released the short film program to theaters. The release will expand in the weeks leading up to the March 7 Academy Awards presentation to reach 100 cities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The nominees will be announced by the Academy on Feb.2, followed by the posting Feb. 4 of a full list of the participating theaters.

The series has charted a 289% increase in attendance at the domestic box office since its inception in 2005, breaking the record last year for the highest gross ever on a single screen at New York’s IFC Center.

‘These short films prove the continued relevance of the short film category with

a formidable line-up of varied productions from around the world,’ said Carter Pilcher, chief executive of Shorts International. ‘These filmmakers represent filmmaking talent of the future and we are thrilled to be introducing them to the marketplace.’

‘It’s the only program of its kind, making Oscar-nominated short films available to the public before the awards,’ said Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia Pictures. “If audiences are interested in improving their handicap come Oscar night, this is the best way to get a head start.’