THURSDAY, MAY 13 / 11 AM – 7 PM

2018 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Animated Program

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018

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


Running Time: 83 minutes

Thursday, February 22 / 6 pm

Sunday, February 25 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/22 films)


  • Dear Basketball


    Director Glen Keane, USA
    5 minutes

    Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.

  • Garden Party


    Directors Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro, France
    7 minutes

    In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

  • Lou


    Director Dave Mullins, USA
    7 minutes

    When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

  • Negative Space


    Directors Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France
    6 minutes

    My dad taught me how to pack.

  • Revolting Rhymes

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    Directors Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK
    29 minutes

    Revolting Rhymes interweaves Roald Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright. 

entirely unexpected