Beverly Hills, CA– The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. Fifty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. Among the ten selected is director/writer Raul Garcia’s The Fall of the House of Usher animation short film. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher, the 17-minute film is narrated by Christopher Lee. Garcia’s previous Poe short, The Tell-Tale Heart won over 25 international awards.
Garcia was born in Madrid starting his animation career at 19. He’s been an animator at international feature films ranging from Asterix and Caesar Surprise,The Chipmunks Great Adventure and Land before time until he worked on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, opening the doors as animator in the Walt Disney Studios for 9 years.
He was character animator on such modern classics as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King,Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and Pocahontas. After Fantasia 2000 Raúl moved as sequence director for Paramount on films like The Rugrats in Paris, The Wild Thornberries Movieand Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature .
In 2002 he joined Kandor Graphics as creative director, with the award winning short film The Tell Tale Heart, and soon afterwards as co-writer and director with his partner Manuel Sicilia on the feature film The Missing Lynx. As part of Kandor Moon, a join venture with Antonio Banderas’ production company, he produced the Academy Award Nominee short film The Lady and the Reaper. He is currently executive producer of the next Kandor-Moon project entitled Goleor, the scale and the sword.
As director and producer he is currently developing the Animated Feature Extraordinary Talesbased on Edgar Allan Poe stories.
The 10 animated films advancing are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
Combustible, Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.)
Dripped, Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy)
The Eagleman Stag, Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal College of Art)
The Fall of the House of Usher, Raul Garcia, director, and Stephan Roelants, producer (Melusine Productions, R&R Communications Inc., Les Armateurs, The Big Farm)
Fresh Guacamole, PES, director (PES)
Head over Heels, Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
Paperman, John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, director, and Ron Dyens, producer (Sacrebleu Productions)
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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