Eugene, OR. The DIVA Center offers film enthusiasts the only local screening of the 2011 Oscar nominated live-action, and animated short film nominees February 18-19-20 and again on February 25-26-27. All screenings will take place at the UO Baker Center at 325 East 10th in Eugene. Admission: $7. Students: $6.
Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) recognizes non-feature length animated and live action films. These short cinematic gems are rarely seen outside international film festivals and yet represent some of the most imaginative and insightful filmmaking today. The Live Action Short Film category is awarded to films often made by first-time directors or film school graduates. These are rarely seen in theaters as such films don’t generally get released for commercial distribution. Yet, given the hundreds of short films made each year, there are those that deserve recognition.
The Oscar for best Animated Short Film is an award the AMPAS has presented since the fifth Academy Awards in 1932. Originally the award was given to recognize “Short Subjects, Cartoons”. The award title was changed in 1974 to recognize the contribution animation has made to cinema as a unique art form.