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With Christmas caroles already on the radio, our first season snow behind us at Focal HQ, Pre Black Friday sales and Thanksgiving next week, it seems like holidays are on fast forward this year.  Well, merry revelers, you should start to consider planning your Oscar party!

Oscar buzz is already starting to build momentum with the recent announcements of the 18 feature animation films and 45 animated shorts that are in consideration for the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Animated Short and Best Animated Feature Film.  These films have yet to be nominated officially but are being considered. We would be remiss not to at least share some of the trailers for the 45 animated shorts in consideration. 

Focal Press’ own Producing Animation, 2nd edition, written by Catherine Winder, Zahra Dowlatabadi and edited by Tracey Miller-Zarneke features a case study of the creation of  “Luna” which is included in the list of the 45 animated shorts in consideration.   Watch the full short “Luna” by Rainmaker available at

 I’d love to list all the 45 animated shorts under consideration but for the sake of your Friday morning entertainment while you are willing the weekend to be here, find a few of the 45 animated shorts long-listed for the Oscars.  Want more? Check out the full list at Cartoon Brew.

Which ones are your favorites?

Carlos Lascano – “Shadow of Blue”


A Shadow of Blue / Teaser from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

Damian Nenow and Platige Image – “Paths of Hate”

PATHS OF HATE long trailer from Platige Image on Vimeo.

Moonblot Studios- “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

Read more about this great short in our blog post.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez- “Bird Boy”  based upon the graphic novel PSICONAUTAS by Alberto Vázquez

Posted by Katy, Associate Acquisitions Editor, Animation and 3D.  Interested in writing for Focal Press, reviewing a proposal or just chatting about all things animation?  Visit Katy’s Linked-In page.

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