I don't know if you heard, but the Academy Awards animated shorts "short list" was just announced, and my film "Footprints" made it on the list!
Three weeks ago, I attended the screening of all of the eligible animated shorts (56 films), which took place over 2 days, to vote on the films. The quality this year was quite good.
Some of my favorites were "The Mask of Red Death" by Raul Garcia, "Rocky & Bullwinkle" (a trailer for the feature), "The Ledge-End of Phil from Accounting", and the Pixar short "Lava" - which I really liked (call me sentimental) but the NY audiences laughed at.
They showed my film "Footprints" right after the great Glen Keane's film "Duet" - so I thought my chances were dead in the water.
To my surprise, last Wednesday night I got the word via e-mail that "Footprints" made it to the short list! Whoopee!
The interesting situation this year is that I happen to have two Oscar-eligible films, "Footprints" in the animated shorts section, and "Cheatin'" in the animated features category. And if the award Gods smile on me, I'll have a very rare opportunity to have both films nominated. I don't think any director - not John Lasseter, Walt Disney or Hayao Miyazaki - has had two films in different categories in the same year. That would be historic!
So, here's a run-down of the Animated Shorts "short list", and my opinions of the films:
Tune in for the big announcement on January 15. Meanwhile, I'll be praying to the animation gods...