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Israeli-made ‘Letter to a Pig’ nominated for Academy Award

The 17-minute film is about a Holocaust survivor who writes a letter to a pig that saved his life.

Oscar given at the Academy Awards. Credit: LanKS/Shutterstock.
Oscar given at the Academy Awards. Credit: LanKS/Shutterstock.

“Letter to a Pig,” by Israelis Tal Kantor and Amit Gicelter, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

The 17-minute film is about a Holocaust survivor who writes a letter to a pig that saved his life, then reads it to a classroom of teenagers.

The film has won awards at a number of international film festivals since its release in 2022.

“Letter to a Pig” was directed by Kantor, who teaches at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. The film is her debut work.

Gicelter, the film’s producer, is the founder of The Hive Studio, which has locations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Sderot.

Four other animated films are competing for the Oscar.

Winners will be announced on March 10.

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