Irish animation CODA shortlisted for 2015 Oscars
Irish animated short film CODA, funded by the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council and promoted by Wildcard Distribution, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards® in the category of Best Animated Short Film. The final nominations for this year’s Oscars will be announced on January 15, 2015.
CODA tells tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through Dublin city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things. The film is directed by Alan Holly and stars Brian Gleeson (Standby) and Orla Fitzgerald (The Guarantee) and was produced under the Frameworks animation scheme. It has already won prizes including Best Animated Short Film at SXSW, the prize for Most Creative Short at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, the Grand Prize at Fest Anca for Best Animation at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Don Quijote Prize at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Commenting on the news, director Alan Holly said “When you work on a short film like this for such a long time, you really just want as many people as possible to see it. So it is wonderful to be getting such a positive international response, first at festivals and now to make the final ten films for the Academy Awards. In many ways CODA is quite an Irish story, and yet there are also a lot of very universal elements to the film as well, which I think international audiences really relate to. And then of course there are parts that are quite personal to me too, so yes, I really happy to see the film take off internationally.”
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members of the Academy Awards will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist and the final nominations will be announced on January 15th 2015. The Oscars will be held on February 22nd 2015.