Mind My Mind and Walking Fish to Oscars
6 September 2019
Dutch shorts Mind My Mind and The Walking Fish off to the Oscars®
Dutch animated short film Mind My Mind*) and live action short The Walking Fish*) have been selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals to be given a qualifying run in the USA to be eligible for submission for the 2020 Academy Awards in the Short Film categories.
Written and directed by Floor Adams, Mind My Mind is a 2D animated comedy/drama about Chris, who relies on social scripts to survive the social world. For him, it's not easy to go off-script. Especially since he's obsessed with German dive bombers and just wants to date a girl. The film screened at numerous international film festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival and picked up the Grand Prize at Indy Shorts (US). Mind My Mind won the Audience Award at no less than four festivals, a.o.: ANIMA – Brussels, Go Short International Film Festival and Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.
Mind My Mind is co-produced by CinéTé Filmproduktie (NL), Curious Wolf (NL) and Fabrique Fantastique (BE) and was realized with support from Netherlands Film Fund and Flanders Audiovisual Fund. In 2001, CinéTé producer Willem Thijssen won an Oscar® for Best Short Animation for Father and Daughter, directed by Michael Dudok de Wit and previously, in 1987, an Oscar® for the Belgian short animation A Greek Tragedy.
The Walking Fish is written and directed by Thessa Meijer and produced by HALAL. The film was realised with a Wildcard from the Netherlands Filmfund, which the young director won for her graduation short film Erkhii Mergen, or Why the Marmot Doesn’t have a Thumb (2015). In 2017 she directed mid-length TV film The Day My House Fell. Thessa is currently developing her first feature film together with HALAL.
The Walking Fish tells the story of a determined amphibian sea-creature who wants to venture into the human world. Her dream of evolving into the perfect individual is so strong that she overcomes the physical boundaries of her fish-body and transforms into a human being. The film screened at festivals around the globe and received a Special Mention from Go Short International Film Festival. The Walking Fish also picked up the Gold Screen award for best short film and the Special Jury Prize at the Young Director Award in Cannes.
HALAL produced international successful films such as feature Prince (Sam de Jong, 2015) and feature length documentary A Stranger Came to Town (Thomas Vroege, 2017). And several shorts like Un Creux Dans Mon Coeur (Mees Peijnenburg, 2015) and animation Emily (Marlies van der Wel, 2018). HALAL picked up the Producers Award at the Young Director Award.
EYE International organizes the Dutch short film selections, finances the qualifying run of The Walking Fish and Mind My Mind in Los Angeles and oversees its submission to the Academy.
The AMPAS will announce the shortlists in all categories on 16 December 2019, including those for Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short Film. On 13 January 2020, the Academy will announce the nominees in all categories and The Oscars® will be presented on February 9, 2020.
Kindly watch the trailer of Mind My Mind: https://www.mindmymind.nl/about-the-film
Kindly watch the teaser of The Walking Fish: https://vimeo.com/299422046
*) supported by the Netherlands Filmfund
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The Walking Fish
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Mind My Mind
Producer: CinéTé Filmproduktie
Ph: +31 40 304 1561
Festival distribution: KLIK Distribution
Ursula van den Heuvel
Ph: +31 6 2068 9423
Sales: SND Films
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