Miracle Fish, a 17 minute film produced in Australia, has been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. The R18 saga features the 8th birthday nightmare of Joe (Karl Beattie) who responds to teasing from his friends by hiding out in the school sick bay, wishing the world would go away. Waking up he finds his school empty and wonders if his wish has come true.
Filming was shot by directors Luke Doolan (editor) and Drew Bailey (producer), Blue Tongue Films, with line producer Michael Cody, executive producers Nash Edgerton and Lucia Nicolai, cinematographer Brad Shield, composer Frank Tetaz, production designer/costume designer Helen Frank, make up effects artist Megan Chassay, post production supervisor Seth Larney, visual effects supervisor Mike Seymour, first assistant director Eddie Thorne, sound mixer Sam Petty and sound designer William Ward. Distribution is being handled by Druid Films.
Finances were supported by MTV Italy’s short film channel, Qoob.tv and Screen Australia.
Miracle Fish has already won BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence, the AFI Award 2009, Special Jury Prize and Best Cinematography in an Australian Short Film at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Jury Prize at Fort Collins TriMedia Festival, Jury Prize for Best Short at San Sebastián Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, SBS Television Award at St. Kilda Film Festival and the Award for Australian Short Film at Sydney Film Festival.
The Oscars will be announced on Sunday March 7.