A few weeks ago three VIS films qualified for the Oscars - and those which received Jury Awards are currently causing a stir. Most attention is being given to David OReilly’s animated short Everything as this could be the first computer game ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.
The fact that Everything (US/IR) by the Los Angeles-based artist David O'Reilly qualifies for the category Animated Short Film is "further evidence that these are strange times we live in" according to pop-culture magazine, Juice.
The magazine states that the animation film, composed of scenes from the video game of the same name, could shake up the entire film industry. The Vice magazine, as well as numerous gaming sites just as A.V.Club, reacted to the news with such enthusiasm so CBC News, Toronto have covered the sensation.
Not only has OReilly's film generated a buzz during the last few weeks, Patrick Bresnan's The Rabbit Hunt (US) which has received two main awards at VIS 2017 and qualified in the category Documentary Short Subject, premiered at Berlinale and has been invited to numerous festivals, winning around ten awards at the prestigious Sheffield Doc Fest and Florida Film Festival a.o.
The Portuguese director Gabriel Abrantes, said to be one of the most humorous and subversive filmmakers on the circuit, has been a frequent contributor to the biggest festivals during the past few years. The mini biopic The History of Princess X, qualified at VIS for the category Live Action Short Film and screened at Toronto, Vila do Conde and Locarno before it made its run at VIS.
We keep our fingers crossed for all three filmmakers.