The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 series will visit more than 200 theatres in the US and Canada.

The partners have set a Feb 21 iTunes release date in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and other iTunes stores around the world.

Last year the theatrical release earned a record $1.4m and since launching in 2005 theatrical attendance has grown by approximately 800 per cent.

“This year’s Oscar Nominated Short Films ride the wave of the rapidly growing popularity of short movies,” Shorts International chief executive Carter Pilcher said.

“Audiences are watching them and filmmakers are responding. The Academy chose films that are incredible entertainment: animations that are solidly family-friendly, live action films ranging from heart-warming to out-right hilarious and short docs dealing with issues of immediate interest.”