THE MONSTER OF NIX to the Academy Awards 2012
31 August 2011
Dutch animated short film THE MONSTER OF NIX by Rosto was selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals to be submitted for the Academy Awards in the category Best Animated Short Film. Earlier this year the film was selected in the International Competition of the Annecy Animation Film Festival.
The film is produced by Studio Rosto A.D in co-production with Autour de Minuit (France) and CinéTé (Belgium) in association with French broadcaster Canal+ and Dutch broadcaster AVRO.
THE MONSTER OF NIX is a 30-minute animated musical about young Willy who fights the destructive force of an all-devouring monster in the village of Nix. Rosto made the film for his son Max, who was six years old when the production of the film started. The production of the film took many years and was only finished when Max was twelve. The result is a film suitable for kids from 10 to 100.
Musician/actor Tom Waits and director Terry Gilliam provided voices for THE MONSTER OF NIX. Tom Waits voices one of the main characters, Virgil, a terrifying giant pitch-black swallow. Terry Gilliam plays the ranger, who locks himself up in terror in his forest cabin. The Metropole Orkest, French indie band The Dø and the American eyeball rockers The Residents contributed to the soundtrack.
Rosto is a Dutch director and artist, known for his music videos, online graphic novel and independent short films. Rosto’s previous films are THEE WRECKERS: NO PLACE LIKE HOME (2009), BIG WHITE/ BIG BLACK (2006), JONA/TOMBERRY (2005), ANGLOBILLY FEVERSON (2001), BEHEADED (1999). His films have won several international awards, like the Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique for best short film in Cannes 2005 for his film JONA/TOMBERRY.
On Tuesday 24 January 2012, the nominations for Best Live Action Short Film Award will be announced. The Oscars® will be awarded on Sunday February 26, 2012.
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