Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International have announced they will partner for the third year running to bring the 10 Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films to US theatres on Feb 15 prior to the awards ceremony on Feb 24.

The Oscar Shorts programme will at first open in approximately 50 cities and will expand in the following weeks. The programme will be shown digitally by programme co-sponsor RAIN Network via its proprietary digital distribution system.

The nominated live action shorts are: Christian E Christiansen and Louise Vesth's At Night (Denmark); Andrea Jublin's Il Supplente (The Substitute) (Italy); Philippe Pollet-Villard's Le Mozart Des Pickpockets (The Mozart Of Pickpockets) (France); Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans' Tanghi Argentini (Belgium); and Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown's The Tonto Woman (UK).

The nominated animated shorts are: Josh Raskin's I Met The Walrus (Canada); Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski's Madame Tutli-Putli (Canada); Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse's Meme Les Pigeons Vont Au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go To Heaven) (France); Alexander Petrov's My Love (Moya Lyubov); (Russia); and Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman's Peter & The Wolf (UK).