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Oscar Nominated Short Films to be Shown in Movie Theaters

Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures will release The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011 in over 150 theatres across the United States and Canada starting Feb. 11.

Three theatrical programmes will give audiences around the country an opportunity to watch the nominated shorts in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories prior to the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony on Feb. 27. This year will mark the inaugural theatrical outing for the nominated Documentary shorts.

The Oscar® Nominated Short Films has become a key fixture of the awards season. Last year, the release exceeded the $1 million mark at the US box office, charting a spectacular 289 percent growth in attendance since its inception in 2005.

Along with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be released individually on iTunes starting Feb. 22 in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and other iTunes Stores throughout the world. The release will also be available via cable’s Movies On Demand (MOD), distributed by leading MOD distributor, iN DEMAND L.L.C.

“The Oscar® Nominated Short Films are some of this year’s best entertainment. They’re made by the world’s stand-out, emerging filmmakers and represent the cutting edge of entertainment,” said Carter Pilcher, chief executive of Shorts International. “Audiences this year will experience intense emotional highs, laugh-out-loud comedies and brilliant insights, all in the space of 90 minutes.”

“The only way to improve your handicap come Oscar night, is to catch these incredible short film nominees,” Added Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia Pictures.

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards® were announced Jan. 25. For more information, visit www.shortshd.com/theoscarshorts.

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