Oscars: Animated Short 'Bear Story' to Get Presidential Welcome in Chile

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Chilean president Michelle Bachelet will meet the director and crew of the animated short, the country's first Oscar win.

The director and crew of Chile's first Oscar win Bear Story — which topped the best animated short category at the Oscars last Sunday — will get a presidential welcome.

Chile's minister of culture Ernesto Ottone announced on Monday that president Michelle Bachelet will receive director Gabriel Osorio and the PunkRobot Animation crew at the presidential house La Moneda in Santiago de Chile on Tuesday, Chilean news site Emol.com reported.

"We are very happy for Gabriel and Pato [producer Patricio Escala]; we've strongly supported their campaign to get this award and we are proud," said Ottone. "There are great filmmakers, great creators in animation, and in the whole film industry development of Chile." 

The 10-minute short, which premiered at the Annecy Festival in June 2014, narrates the life of a father bear who is kidnapped, taken from his family and forced to work in a circus. The plot was inspired by the story of Osorio's grandfather, who was taken prisoner after the military coup in 1973 and was exiled during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

"This Oscar consolidates Chile's position in the film industry map," CinemaChile CEO Constanza Arena told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're an outstanding country within Latin America for the quality and originality of our film offerings and the talent of local creators. After this, people will follow the news of Chilean film and animation."

Chile's last oppportunity at an Oscar was a 2012 nomination in the best foreign-language film category for Pablo Larrain's No.