InDemand Makes Oscar-Nominated Shorts Available On Demand

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InDemand
wants to make sure that short films nominated for Oscars don't get short shrift.

While
these works may not always receive the attention and recognition they deserve,
digital-cable viewers will have access to the Oscar nominees over the next month or
so. The 2011 Academy Awards will air Feb. 27 on ABC at 8 p.m. (ET).
Starting
Feb. 22, these movies, packaged under the heading "Best Animated Short Films"
and "Best Live Action Short Films," will be presented by Shorts International and
made available through InDemand's Movie On Demand platform in both high- and
standard-definition formats.
In
addition to the nominees, the animated category includes three bonus
titles.
Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks,
presenting the shorts through March 15 and Cox, unitl March 31, will make them accessible under their "Awards
Season" categories. For its part, Comcast, the nation's foremost proponent of
video-on-demand fare, is positioning them as "Oscar Nominees" until March 7.
Below
are the nominated short films available on cable TV's Movies On Demand: 

Best Live Action Short Films:
The Confession - A nine-year-old boy stages a prank so he has
something to say at confession. (U.K., 26 minutes, director: TanelToom); 
Wish 143 -- A
dying teen has a final wish - to lose his virginity. (U.K., 24 minutes, director: Ian
Barnes);
Na Wewe -- Civilians are caught in 1994 civil war between ethnic
Hutus and Tutsis in Burundi. (Belgium, 19 minutes,director: Ivan
Goldschmidt);
The Crush -- An eight-year-old boy has a crush on his teacher, but her
real boyfriend arrives on the scene and is challenged to a duel. (Ireland, 15
minutes, director: Michael Creagh); and
God of Love - A love triangle changes the good luck of a lounge-singer
darts champion. (U.S., 18 minutes, director: Luke Matheny).

Best Animated Short Films:
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) -- A
European traveler's experience of the Malagasy culture. (French, 11 minutes, director: Bastien
Dubois);
Let's Pollute -- This satirical educational film looks at pollution's
longtime necessity to the American economy. (U.S., six minutes,
director: GeefweeBoedoe);
The Gruffalo - An innocent mouse battles predators. (U.K., Germany, 27
minutes, directors:  JakobSchuh and Max Lange); and
The Lost Thing -
A boy discovers a strange creature on the beach and tries to find it a place
for it to fit in. (Australia, U.K., 15 minutes, directors: Andrew
Ruhemann and Shaun Tan)

Three bonus Animated Shorts:
Sensology --  Avant-garde music legends Barry Guy and
Paul Plimley's recording of "Sensology" is translated into images. (U.S.,
six minutes, director: Michel Gagné);
URS
- The story of Urs and his aging mother, whom he carries up a mountain for a
better life. (Germany, 10 minutes, director: Moritz Mayerhofer); and
The Cow
Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger
- A children's fable about the negative
power of advertising. (USA, six minutes, director: Bill Plympton)

For
more info about these films and trailers, go to: http://www.shortshd.com/theoscarshorts/

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