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Irish Film Board-funded short film The Missing Scarf on longlist for Animated Short Oscar

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The Missing Scarf on longlist for Animated Short Oscar

After picking up several international awards, the Irish animated short film The Missing Scarf, directed by Eoin Duffy, produced by Jamie Hogan and co-funded by the IFB, is down to the final ten for the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short 2014.

The film, narrated by Star Trek’s George Takei, was doubly eligible for an Oscar following its wins for Best Animation at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh. The final five nominees for the Animated Short Oscar will be announced on January 16th, 2014, with the ceremony taking place on March 2nd, 2014.

The Missing Scarf is a black comedy that explores some of life’s common fears: the fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally of death.

Commenting on the news, director Eoin Duffy said, “US reactions have been very strong to the film. Audiences have responded well to the ideas in the script. Without me giving too much away for those who have yet to see it, it explores our individual place in the universe in a fun and quirky way, and the audience is allowed to draw their own conclusions at the end. People really seem to enjoy it, so I think the universal appeal is there as the subject matter applies to anyone. We are very excited to have made it to the last ten for an Academy Award.”

The Missing Scarf won Best Animation at the New Hampshire Film Festival in the US and Best European Short Film at the Seminci Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain. It is also officially nominated for Best European Short Film at the European Film Awards 2014.

And just last week, The Missing Scarf took Best Animation at the Savannah Film Festival, where it was in the company of two other films funded under the IFB’s Frameworks scheme for animated short films: Irish Folk Furniture and Fear of Flying. These films have also enjoyed much success of late, with Irish Folk Furniture winning Best Animation at Sundance and Best Short Documentary at the Global Visions Festival in Canada; and Fear of Flying picking up the International Audience Award at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, and Best Animation at both the Galway Film Fleadh and the LA Shorts Fest 2012.

The Missing Scarf was directed by Eoin Duffy and produced by Jamie Hogan for Belly Creative Ltd. The film was funded as part of the Frameworks programme by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council.

Watch the trailer for The Missing Scarf the Irish Film Board’s Media Hub.

More about the IFB’s Frameworks funding initiative for short″>films here.