Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures are returning with their Oscar Shorts programme in February.

The initiative launches on February 19 before expanding to 100 cites the following week and will showcase live-action and animated shorts nominated for the Academy Award on Tuesday [February 2].

“These short films prove the continued relevance of the short film category with a formidable line-up of varied productions from around the world,” Shorts International chief executive Carter Pilcher said. “These film-makers represent filmmaking talent of the future and we are thrilled to be introducing them to the marketplace.”

“It’s the only programme of its kind, making Oscar nominated short films available to the public before the awards,” Magnolia’s senior vice-president Tom Quinn said.