SATURDAY, JUNE 12 / 10 AM – 4 PM

2017 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Animated Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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


Running Time: 86 minutes

Friday, February 17 / 6:30 pm

Sunday, February 19 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/17 films)


  • Borrowed Time

    Borrowed time

    Directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA
    7 minutes

    A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

  • Pearl


    Director Patrick Osborne, USA
    6 minutes

    Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

  • Piper


    Director Alan Barillaro, USA
    6 minutes

    Piper, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.

  • Blind Vaysha

    Blind Vaysha

    Director Theodore Ushev, Canada
    8 minutes

    Vaysha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities.

  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes

    **Not suitable for minors**

    Director Robert Valley, Canada and UK
    35 minutes

    Synopsis: Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really liked to do. And fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident. Yeah, he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

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