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88th Academy Awards Announces Chez Moi And Ave Maria As Shorts Finalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten (10) animated short films and ten (10) live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards. Among these 20 films, Chez Moi (My Home), Phuong Mai Nguyen, director and “Ave Maria,” with Basil Khalil, director, and Eric Dupont, producer (Incognito Films).  The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  CHEZ MOI Written by Phuong Mai Nguyen, Patricia ValeixDirected by Phuong Mai NguyenWith Orso Camus Synopsis: Hugo's mother is back home. The day after, when Hugo wakes up, he finds black feathers all over his house.   AVE MARIAWritten by Basil Khalil, Daniel Yáñez KhalilDirected by Basil KhalilWith Huda Al Imam, Ruth Farhi, Maya KorenThe silent routine of 5 Nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect.