Two Irish short films have made the Oscar shortlist for Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short, Late Afternoon and Detainment respectively. Ten films were shortlisted in each category from all over the world and the final nominations will be announced in January.

Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, follows an elderly woman as she drifts back through her memories, existing between two states — the past and the present. Starring Fionnula Flanagan, Late Afternoon is produced by Nuria González Blanco for Cartoon Saloon and was funded under the Screen Ireland and RTÉ funded Frameworks short film scheme.

The film received its New York premiere at Tribeca earlier this year, where it was awarded Best Animated Short, screening as part of a special animation programme curated by Whoopi Goldberg,

Late Afternoon also won Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh and took home an IFTA for Best Animated Short.

I’m really delighted to see Louise and the Late Afternoon team make it through to this stage of the Academy Awards process. This film tells a universal story which has appealed to international audiences around the world and particularly in North America. We wish them the best of luck in getting through to the final line-up of nominees in January.

James Hickey, Chief Executive – Screen Ireland

Vincent Lambe’s Detainment sees two ten year-old boys detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler.

The film is a true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993.

The 30 minute short stars Ely Solan, Leon Hughes, Will O’Connell, and David Ryan. In addition to directing Lambe wrote and produced the film, with Darren Mahon and Robert Dwyer-Joyce as producers.

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