2016 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Animated Program

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Register now to see the Academy Award® Nominated Animated Films at the Des Moines Art Center! 


Running Time: 91 minutes

Thursday, February 11 / 6:30 pm

Sunday, February 14 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/11 films)


  • Sanjay's Super Team

    Sanjay’s Super Team

    Director Sanjay Patel, USA
    7 minutes

    In Sanjay's Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    Director Don Hertzfeldt, USA
    17 minutes

    A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity's fate.

  • Bear Story

    Bear Story

    Director Gabriel Osorio, Chile
    11 minutes

    Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

  • We Can't Live Without Cosmos

    We Can't live without Cosmos

    Director Konstantin Bronzit, Russia
    16 minutes

    Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

  • Prologue


    Director Richard Williams, UK
    6 minutes

    Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams—who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning "A Christmas Carol" adaptation—has worked on Prologue for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.

entirely unexpected