The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 semi-finalists in the live action short film category of the 2010 Academy Awards. Seventy-one pictures had originally qualified.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order:
The Door, Juanita Wilson, director, and James Flynn, producer (Octagon Films Ltd.)
The Ground Beneath, Rene Hernandez, director, and Kristina Ceyton, producer (Passion Pictures)
Hotel, Tim Conrad, director-producer (Oyster Films)
Instead of Abracadabra, Patrik Eklund, director, and Mathias Fjellstrom, producer (Direktorn & Fabrikorn)
Kavi, Gregg Helvey, director-producer (Gregg Helvey)
Miracle Fish, Luke Doolan, director, and Drew Bailey, producer (Druid Films)
The New Tenants, Joachim Back, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (Park Pictures)
The Response, Adam Rodgers, director, and Sig Libowitz, producer (Look at the Moon Productions)
Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton, director-producer, and Michelle Steffes, producer (Destin Cretton)
Sidney Turtlebaum, Tristram Shapeero, director, and Daniel Jewel, producer (Third Man Films Limited)
Among the talent featured in those shorts are Vincent D'Onofrio, Kate Mulgrew, Kevin Corrigan, Rupert Evans, and Derek Jacobi.
Themes include: A courtroom drama based upon the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo military tribunals (The Response); a comedy about a 70-something gay con man with the quirky habit of gatecrashing into Shiva houses of mourning (Sidney Turtlebaum); a mystery in which an 8-year-old boy discovers that his wish has come true – everyone in the world has disappeared (Miracle Fish); and a socially conscious drama about an Indian boy who attempts to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to perform what amounts to slave labor (Kavi).
Next, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will select three to five nominees from the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in January 2010.
The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it'll be televised live by ABC.