Here's an interesting Valentine's Day date idea for cinema lovers.
The Tampa Theatre is bringing back its popular annual screening of short films nominated for Academy Awards, beginning Feb. 14.
The live-action and animated shorts will be screened on alternating days through March. 1, with both live-action and animated films screening on Saturdays. A schedule of show times can be found on the Tampa Theatre website.
The animated shorts are appropriate for children 6 and up, but the live-action shorts are recommended for adults only, the theater said in a news release.
Tickets for both showcases are $10 each at the Tampa Theatre box office or tampatheatre.org.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m., March 2 on ABC.
Here's this year's shorts nominees:
“Get a Horse!” - Walt Disney Animation Studios' contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that's paired with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking—in the same frame. Mickey (voice by Walt Disney), Minnie Mouse and their friends delight in a musical hay wagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up to run them off the road.
“Mr. Hublot” - Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made partially of mechanical parts and drive huge vehicles. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment, until the arrival of robot pet turns his life upside down.
“Feral” - A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.
“Possessions” - On a stormy 18th century night, deep in the mountains, a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the space suddenly turns into a room in a different world where umbrellas, discarded kimonos other such spectral items harbor deep-seated bitterness until the man painstakingly mends them.
“Room on the Broom” - Based on the children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, it's a story about a witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom for everyone.
“Helium” - A hospital's eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.
“The Voorman Problem” - Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr. Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Voorman, but before making a decision come questions: Why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, and is there a way he can validate his boast?
“Just Before Losing Everything” - While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.
“That Wasn't Me” - The short film, written and directed by Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney, an African child and a Spanish woman who could have nothing in common, but join their lives forever through a life-giving shot.
“Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” Sini wakes up in a panic. She has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4, to prepare themselves in a hurry, but Sini goes crazy when nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father's shirt, hid the girls' dresses and the wedding gift?