Indian-American’s short film in Oscar race

Los Angeles (IANS) Indian-American Pixar artist and director Sanjay Patel’s animated short film “Sanjay’s Super Team” has been shortlisted amongst 10 animated short films to advance in the voting process for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

As many as 60 films had originally qualified in the category before the list was narrowed down to 10. Short films and feature animation branch members will now select five nominees for the final shortlist, read a statement on the website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Screenings for the film will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

“Sanjay’s Super Team”, inspired by Patel’s own childhood when he felt conflicted by the modern world and Hindu traditions of his family, follows the daydream of a young Indian boy, bored with his father’s religious meditation who imagines Hindu gods as superheroes.

“Bear Story”, “Carface”, “If I Was God…”, “Love in the time of March Madness”, “My Home”, “An Object at Rest”, “Prologue”, “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”, and “World of Tomorrow” are the other nine shortlisted titles.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28 next year.

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