EMILY off to the Academy Awards
12 September 2018
Animated short film EMILY by Marlies van der Wel, has been selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals for Oscar® submission in the Animated Short Film Category.
Emily, an old florist reminisces on her life. She has always been very generous to the people around her, but will the generosity ever be returned? Will she ever receive flowers herself?
Jonas and the Sea (2015), first animated short by Marlies van der Wel (1984), premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and screened at many prestigious international film festivals, including Sundance and Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival. The film won several awards, a.o. Best Animated Short at both the Toronto International Film Festival and Huesca International Film Festival. Her second animated short Sabaku (2016) also performed well at international festivals. This film also premiered at the Berlinale and received a Special Mention from the festival.
Emily is produced by HALAL in co-production with NTR (Dutch Public Broadcasting) and was realized with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, NPO Fund and CoBO. The film premieres in October at the Netherlands Film Festival.
HALAL produced several internationally successful feature films, documentaries and short films. Feature film Prince (2015) received a Special Mention at the Berlinale and eight nominations for the Golden Calves at the Netherlands Film Festival. The international co-production Necktie Youth (2016) also premiered at the Berlinale. Feature film Cargo (2017) had its international premiere at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Short film Un Creux dans mon Coeur premiered at the Berlinale and was the official Dutch Oscar® submission for the Short Film Awards in 2015. Short film Spoetnik (2016) had its world premiere in Berlin and was awarded Best European Short Film at the Nijmegen Go Short International Film Festival. In 2017, two feature length documentaries from HALAL premiered at IDFA: Independent Boy and A Stranger Came to Town.
EYE International organizes the Dutch short film selections, the qualifying run of Emily in Los Angeles and oversees its submission to the Academy. On 22 January 2019, the Academy will announce the nominees in all categories, including those for Best Animated Short Film. The Oscars® will be presented on February 24, 2019.
Kindly watch the trailer of Emily here: https://vimeo.com/289362668
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