Oscar-Nominated Shorts Hit Big Screen

Laemmle Theatres and Apollo Cinema are teaming up to offer moviegoers in Los Angeles a chance to see this year’s Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films. The exclusive Los Angeles engagement will begin at the Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on Friday, April 9.

The program includes the animated works Harvie Krumpet from Australian stop-motion animator Adam Elliot and the 2D Nibbles from Canadian Chris Hinton. Also nominated in the animated short race for 2004 were Boundin’ from Pixar and director Bud Lucky; Gone Nutty from Blue Sky Studios and directors Carlos Saldanha and John C. Donkin; and Destino, the Walt Disney/Salvador Dali collaboration recently completed by Roy Disney and Dominique Monfery.

The 22-minute Harvie Krumpet, which won the 2004 Oscar for Best Animated Short, lets viewers into the life of an unfortunate soul who was born with Tourette’s Syndrome but manages to rise above his adversities to find love and meaning to his life. Produced and distributed by Melodrama Pictures, the short took three major awards at the 2003 Annecy Film Festival and nabbed the jury prize at the Melbourne Int’l. Film Festival.

Nibbles runs five minutes and employs a pen-and-ink illustration look in comically depicting a nightmarish father-and-son fishing trip. This first short film collaboration between Hinton and Acme Filmworks, the flick screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for BAFTA and Annie Awards, in addition to competing at the Clermont-Ferrand and Stuttgart Film Festivals.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Apollo has given moviegoers the rare opportunity to see a slate of live-action and animated short films nominated for Academy Awards. Sunset 5 will hold screenings at 12:45 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:35 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Playhouse 7 screenings will be held at 12:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 10 p.m. For a complete list of films, visit www.oscarshorts.com.