One of the animated short films that can hope to win an Oscar in 2024 is “Little Fan”. The film, created by director Sveta Yuferova, co-director Shad Lee Bradbury, producer Paul Maresch, and their team, tells the story of a little fan whose journey takes a surprising turn when he comes across a mysterious object.
Sveta Yuferova and Paul Maresch both graduated from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut in 2015, Yuferova in animation and Maresch as animation/effects producer. Yuferova has recently started working as a lecturer at the Cologne Game Lab, in addition to her ongoing work as a director and animator. Maresch’s graduation films won various film awards, among others the film “CHILD” was nominated for the Student Oscar. Afterwards he realized his first commissioned production for Disney XD Channel and participated in the animated feature film „Manou the Swift“.
“Little Fan” has already screened at festivals worldwide and won the award in the “Best Production For Young Children” category at the Chicago International Children Film Festival.
The Oscar shortlist voting begins on December 14, 2023, and the shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 21. We are keeping our fingers crossed!