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10 Live Action Shorts Advance in 2017 OSCAR®Race

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®.  A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA)
  • “The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, director (FINCH)
  • “Facing Mecca,” Jan-Eric Mack, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion)
  • “Icebox,” Daniel Sawka, director, and Camille Cornuel, producer (Iceboxthefilmco)
  • “Lost Face,” Sean Meehan, director, and Sam McGarry, producer (Soma Films)
  • “My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr., director (New York University)
  • “Rise of a Star,” James Bort, director, and Boris Mendza, producer (Fulldawa Films)
  • “The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer (Slick Films)
  • “Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, director (Hamburg Media School)
  • “Witnesses,” David Koch, director (Lux for Film, Diez Films and Paradoxal)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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