From Cineuropa:

Danish director Anders Walters’ Helium and Finnish director Selma Vilhunen’s Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? are among the 10 live action shorts considered for a nomination.

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? by Selma Vilhunen

“It is overwhelming – I have made three films, and two of them have been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination,” said Danish director Anders Walters, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of 10 live action shorts considered for the Oscar 2014.

Last year his 17-minute 9 Meter was shortlisted, and now his Helium has entered the competition with another Nordic production, Finnish director Selma Vilhunen’s Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? The final nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, and the 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 2, 2014.

While Walters has been shortlisted twice, Denmark’s M&M Productions – which has backed both films – has been in the Oscar shorts race nine times, with six nominations and three trophies as a result (Election Night/1999, This Charming Man/2003, The New Tenants/2009). “We are proud to help developing new talented directors with good stories to tell,” said Danish producers Tivi and Kim Magnusson.

Scripted by Christian Gamst Miller-Harris and Walters, the 23-minute Helium is the story of a boy, Alfred, who is hospitalised and fatally ill. Here he meets a cleaning man, Enzo, and together they create a fantasy world which becomes a refuge for Alfred, who rediscovers the joy of life.

Produced by Finland’s Tuffi Films, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? has already toured more than 16 international festivals, including Aspen (US, where it won for Best Comedy and the Audience Award. Scripted by Kirsikka Saari, the seven-minute short describes a chaotic morning in a family with kids and a mother, who is determined to take care of everything herself.

Denmark is also represented on the Oscar shortlist of 10 animated shorts, by Michelleand Uri Kranot’s Hollow Land, which was screened at 40 foreign festivals and collected five prizes. The 14-minute production by Marie Bro for Dansk Tegnefilm follows Solomon and Berta on a long journey in search of home – is it utopia this time, or just another stop-over.

from Cineuropa by Jorn Rossing Jensen 

The rest of the nominees include:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards®.  One hundred twenty pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan)

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions)

“Dva (Two),” Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch)

“Helium,” Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)

“Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, director (Red Carpet Moving Pictures)

“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen, director, and Kirsikka Saari, screenwriter (Tuffi Films)

“Record/Play,” Jesse Atlas, director, and Thom Fennessey, executive producer (Collaboration Factory)

“Throat Song,” Miranda de Pencier, director (Northwood Productions)

“Tiger Boy,” Gabriele Mainetti, director (Goon Films)

“The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer (Honlodge Productions)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.