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Northern Irish film The Shore makes Oscar shortlist

A short film made by a Belfast film-maker has been nominated for an Oscar.

The Shore, written, directed and produced by Terry George, is one of the movies selected in the best short film category.

Meanwhile, Belfast actor Kenneth Branagh has also been nominated for an Academy Award.

Branagh has been nominated for best supporting actor for his role in My Week with Marilyn.

Image caption Kenneth Branagh was one of the stars of My Week with Marilyn

Starring Ciaran Hinds, The Shore is about a man who emigrated to America 25 years ago to escape the Troubles and is now bringing his daughter back to meet his childhood friends.

The 30-minute film was shot entirely in Northern Ireland on location in Killough.

Ciaran Hinds said it was a "lovely story about reconciliation and people reconnecting".

Terry George told Radio Ulster how delighted he was to be nominated.

"It's the highest accolade you can get from your peers and the industry," he said.

"What's special about this is that the tiny little film we made with my family and the people of Killough, County Down, taking it to the Oscars is an amazing achievement.

"I have to say that all my agents and managers and people out here (in the USA) can't believe it. I told them two years ago 'I'm going to make this little short film'.

"They thought I had lost my mind so it's great, particularly for the local actors involved and everybody who worked for nothing or next to nothing."

Competing with The Shore on the best short film Oscar shortlist is the Irish film Pentecost, which was produced and directed by Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane.

It tells the story of an altar boy torn between serving at Mass and playing football.

The Shore and Pentecost have been chosen from 107 entries for the final shortlist of five.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh is up against Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow.

The 84th annual Academy Awards will take place on 26 February at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal.

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