2020 OSCAR-Nominated Shorts — Animation

DAUGHTER

Director: Daria Kashcheeva
Producer: Zuzana Roháčová
Co-Producer: Martin VandaS
Synopsis: In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.
Director’s Biography: Daria Kashcheeva studies animated film at FAMU in Prague. Her student films featured at many international
festivals. Daria’s original To Accept won the Nespresso Talents 2017 film competition in Cannes. In DAUGHTER, her Bachelor’s puppet animation, Daria experiments with camera motion and explores the topic of father-daughter relationships.

HAIR LOVE

Directors: Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr. and Bruce W. Smith
Producers: Matthew A. Cherry, Karen Rupert Oliver, Monica A. Young, Stacey Newton, David Steward II and Carl Reed
Synopsis: HAIR LOVE is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across – doing his daughter’s hair for the first time.
Directors Biographies:
MATTHEW A. CHERRY – In 2007, after retiring from the NFL, Matthew A. Cherry moved to Los Angeles, and switched gears to begin work as a production assistant. After working on over forty commercials, he developed his skills as a director, transitioning from music videos to his first feature film (2012’s THE LAST FALL). In 2017, he launched a Kickstarter campaign for an animated short about a black father’s struggle to learn how to style his young daughter’s hair. It became the most highly-funded short film campaign in the platform’s history, and was later released in theaters nationwide. Matthew was an executive at Jordan Peele’s production company Monkeypaw Productions, he served as an Executive Producer on the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN, and has most recently directed on the ABC hit show BLACK•ISH.
EVERETT DOWNING JR. is an animator, story artist and director living in the greater Los Angeles area. Everett began his career as a story artist at Big Idea Productions before making his break into feature film, animating at Blue Sky Studios on the original ICE AGE. He worked as an animator and story artist on 3 more features there (including ROBOTS, ICE AGE 2 and EPIC) before taking a position as an animator at pixar animation Studios. After animating on several award-winning feature films (every feature from RATATOUILLE to MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY), he transitioned back into story where he boarded on THE TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT and CARS 3. Currently he’s working at Netflix animation where he just finished storyboarding on Jorge Gutierrez’s animated mini-series, MAYA AND THE THREE.
BRUCE W. SMITH is a feature film director, animator and television producer. He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the Disney channel hit show THE PROUD FAMILY and for supervising the animation of the evil villain Dr. Facilier in the Walt Disney animated film THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. Smith studied animation at California Institute of the Arts and later joined the Walt Disney Studios as an animator on WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. Smith went on to direct the Paramount Pictures film BEBE’S KIDS and co-directed on the Warner Bros. live action/animated movie SPACE JAM before returning to Disney to supervise animation on TARZAN and THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE. Smith’s knack for unique character design led him into the visual development of other projects at the studio such as WRECK-IT RALPH and FROZEN. Smith is currently signed to an overall deal at Disney television animation.

KITBULL

Director: Rosana SUllivan
Producer: Kathryn Hendrickson
Synopsis: ‘KITBULL,’ directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time. Director’s Biography: Rosana Sullivan joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 2011. She worked as a story artist on THE GOOD DINOSAUR, and the Academy Award®-winning feature film COCO. Sullivan also directed the SparkShorts film KITBULL that debuted in February 2019. As a story artist, Sullivan provides visual storytelling to a project’s script pages, utilizing compositional staging, environment, and character blocking. Each story board aims to maximize drama and entertainment, while making the story point clear as possible. Story artists have to draw characters acting, camera moves, and very limited effects animation to sell an idea or emotion. Prior to Pixar, Sullivan attended the University of San Francisco before earning an internship with Pixar University. She later attended Academy of Art University, and worked for Kabam Gaming Studio in San Francisco. Born in Charleston, SC, Sullivan grew up in Texas and San Francisco.

MÉMORABLE

Director: Bruno Collet
Producers: Jean-François Le Corre and Mathieu Courtois
Synopsis: Recently, Louis, a painter, is experiencing strange events. His world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furniture, objects and people lose their realism. They are destructuring, sometimes disintegrating…
Director’s Biography: Born in 1965 in Saint-Brieuc, France, Bruno Collet got his Art Degree from the Rennes College of Fine Arts in 1990. From 1993 he worked as a set designer on numerous productions in stop motion before starting his career as an author director in 2001 with LE DOS AU MUR, awarded at the Cannes Critic’s Week. THE LITTLE DRAGON, his stop-motion animated tribute to Bruce Lee, won 48 awards and was selected at Sundance Film Fest. MEMORABLE is his sixth short film.

SISTER

Director: Siqi Song
Synopsis: A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?
Director’s Biography: Born in China, Siqi Song is a Writer/Director/Animator based in Los Angeles, CA. Song is the recipient of the 2018 Laika Animation Fellowship and Film Independent Project Involve Fellow. Her work has won top awards at Aspen ShortsFest, Austin Film Festival, Foyle Film Festival and have been shown in many prestigious film festivals, including Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival and more. Song holds a BA from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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