Oscar-nominated shorts at center of program

Shorts Int'l, Magnolia Pictures to release program Feb. 19

Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures will once again join forces to release a program consisting of the live-action and animated short films nominated for the Academy Award.

The program will open in select theaters Feb. 19 and expand to more than 100 cities in North America and the U.K. in subsequent weeks.

The tradition began five years ago.

"These short films prove the continued relevance of the short film category with a formidable lineup of varied productions from around the world," Shorts International CEO Carter Pilcher said. "These filmmakers represent filmmaking talent of the future, and we are thrilled to be introducing them to the marketplace."

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"It's the only program of its kind, making Oscar-nominated short films available to the public before the awards," Magnolia senior vp Tom Quinn said. "If audiences are interested in improving their handicap come Oscar night, this is the best way to get a head start."

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday.