NaFF and the Oscar Shortlists

5 Broken CamerasSo far the Academy had released their shortlists for Best Documentary Short Subject and Feature Films, Animated Shorts, and Live Action Shorts and so far, a NaFF 2012 film has made it to each list.

Here’s the track record so far (NaFF selections in bold)…

Best Documentary Feature:
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman
Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch
Chasing Ice,directed by Jeff Orlowski
Detropia, directed by Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing
Ethel, directed by Rory Kennedy
5 Broken Cameras, directed by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers, directed by Doro Moreh
The House I Live In, directed by Eugene Jarecki
How to Survive a Plague, directed by David France
The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton
The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, directed by Alex Gibney
Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul
This Is Not a Film, directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb & Jafar Panahi
The Waiting Room, directed by Peter Nicks

Note: The Waiting Room was last month’s presentation at Human Docs, a partnership between NaFF and Lipscomb University.

Best Documentary Short Subject:
The Education of Mohammad Hussein, directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Inocente, directed by Sean Fine
Kings Point, directed by Sari Gilman
Mondays at Racine, directed by Cynthia Wade
Open Heart, directed by Kief Davidson
ParaÍso, directed by Nadav Kurtz
The Perfect Fit
, directed by Tali Yankelevich
Redemption, directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Best Animated Short:
Adam and Dog, directed by Minkyu Lee
Combustible, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
Dripped, directed by Léo Verrier
The Eagleman Stag, directed by Mikey Please
The Fall of the House of Usher, directed by Raul Garcia
Fresh Guacamole, directed by PES
Head over Heels, directed by Timothy Reckart
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, directed by David Silverman
Paperman, directed by John Kahrs
Tram, directed by Michaela Pavlátová

Note: Dripped was the winner of the NaFF 2012 Best Animated Short Award and The Eagleman Stag was a 2011 NaFF selection.

Best Live Action Short:
A Fábrica (The Factory), directed byAly Muritiba
Asad, directed by Bryan Buckley
Buzkashi Boys, directed by Sam French
Curfew, directed by Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow, directed by Tom Van Avermaet
Henry, directed by Yan England
Kiruna-Kigali, directed by Goran Kapetanovic
The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars, directed by Silvia Bizio Eduardo Ponti
9meter, directed by Anders Walther
Salar, directed by Nicholas Greene
when you find me, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard

Note: Curfew was the winner of the Best Live Action Short at NaFF 2012.

In addition, four NaFF 2012 selections were nominated by their home nations for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film.

Headshot, from Thailand
The Intouchables, from France
Inuk, from Greenland
and A Trip (Izlet), from Slovenia.

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Additionally, many Oscar prognosticators are suggesting that “Still Alive” from Paul Williams Still Alive (the 2012 co-closing night selection) is a likely nominee for Best Original Song.

There could be a surprise or two, but these are the most likely nominees from the 2012 NaFF selections leaving us with the possibility of up to 9 nominated selections from this past festival (including one from the 2011 fest).

Not a bad year, I’d say. Not bad at all!

Best of luck to all of the filmmakers.

(Updated to correct the director of “The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars”)


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