For the first time, Portugal will have an animated short film nominated for the Oscar. "Ice Merchants" by João Gonzalez, is in the running for the most famous statuette of the seventh art, an unprecedented feat for Portuguese cinema. In an interview with director de Porto confesó Porto., the young director from Porto confessed, in June, that his film took about a year to produce. "If you count the consecutive days, it took around a year, which is not much for an animated film. If we count the breaks and the pandemic, it took two", he stated, adding: "in this case, the cost was time".
Besides "Ice Merchants" there are other nominees for the Oscar for best animated short film "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud, "The Flying Sailor" by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, "My Year of Dicks" by Sara Gunnarsdóttir, and "An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It" by Lachlan Pendragon.
In addition to "Ice Merchants", in the running for a nomination were also “The Garbage Man” by Laura Gonçalves, in the category of best animated short, and "The Lone Wolf" by Filipe Melo, for the Oscar for best live action short film, which did not get a nomination.
The ceremony of the 95th edition of the Oscars is scheduled for March 12th.