Regent Square Theater
This annual program features Oscar nominees in the Animated Short Film category.
(87 min.) Program is appropriate for kids 8 and up, except for final film. (See below.)
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 min.
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 – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 min.
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 – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 min.
“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. “Piper” debuted in theaters worldwide with “Finding Dory” in 2016.
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 min.
Young Vaysha was born with unusual sight: her left eye can see only the past and her right eye can see only the future, while the present is a blind spot. Called "Blind Vaysha" by the people of her village, the girl is tormented by the two realities that she cannot reconcile.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes* – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 min.
Hard-living Techno Stypes has been Robert's best friend since childhood, and over the years, Robert has been amazed by Techno's ability to sabotage himself. When Techno is hospitalized in China and needs a liver transplant, Robert goes on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.
The Head Vanishes – 9 min.
Asteria – 5 min.
Once Upon a Line – 7 min.
*Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. There will be a warning card come up prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like.
Please note: Separate admission for the Live Action and Animated programs.