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PRESSRELEASE EYE International
8 September 2017

Dutch Animated short BULLET TIME by Frodo Kuipers off to the Oscars®

Short animated film BULLET TIME directed by Frodo Kuipers and produced by Merlijn Passier, has been selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals for Oscar® submission in the Animated Short Film category.

BULLET TIME had its world premiere at Anima Brussels, last February. After that, the film was selected for several leading international festivals, such as Athens Animfest (winner Special Jury prize), HAFF, Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart (Germany), Northwest Animation Festival (US), Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) and Anima Mundi (Brazil). In the autumn the film will be screened at, among others, KROK (Russia) and 3D Wire (Spain).

In BULLET TIME two cowboys face each other in a good-old-fashioned shootout at a desolate street in a small village in the Old West. But when both of the colts fire their deadly bullets, those bullets immediately fall in love with each other, forgetting what they're supposed to do! This has dramatic consequences...

Frodo Kuipers (1976) graduated in 2001 at the KASK in Ghent (Belgium) with his internationally awarded short animated film ANTIPODEN (a.o. Grand Prix de la Communaute Flamande at Anima Brussels 2002). At the Netherlands Institute for Animation (NIAf), he created two short animated films: STREET and SHIPWRECKED (both 2005). SHIPWRECKED was selected for several leading (animation) film festivals and for Ron Diamonds (ACME) 8th Animation Show of Shows. Since 2005 Frodo has been steadily expanding his oeuvre, including award-winning short films such as BRICKS (2010) and FATA MORGANA (2011).

BULLET TIME is produced by Merlijn Passier Productions. The film was realized with financial support of the Netherlands Film Fund.

EYE International organizes the Dutch short film selections, the qualifying run of BULLET TIME in Los Angeles and oversees its submission to the Academy. On 23 January 2018 the Academy will announce the nominees in all categories, including those for Animated Short Film. The Oscars® will be presented on March 4, 2018.


For more information:

Producer: Merlijn Passier Productions        
Merlijn Passier           
Ph: +31-6-53981813
merlijn.passier@planet.nl
www.cutjongens.nl

Festival distribution: KLIK Distribution Service
Ursula van den Heuvel
Ph: +31 6 2068 9423
ursula@klikamsterdam.nl
www.klik.amsterdam/distribution

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: www.oscars.org

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