Icelandic animated short film Yes People (Já-fólkið), directed by Gísli Darri Halldórsson, has been nominated for a 2021 Oscar award for Best Animated Short Film. The film follows the lives of several different individuals who, according to the trailer description, face “the everyday battle – such as work, school and dishwashing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.” RÚV reported first.
Yes People has already been awarded at film festivals across Europe, including Spain’s Weird International Animation Festival, where it won Best European Short Film, and the Uppsala Short Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
The film’s script only contains a single word: já, or “yes.” Gísli has stated that his inspiration for the film was how intonation and expression affect the meaning of words. “I was thinking about languages and how we have dictionaries where words are explained but we also have another layer of language where you have intonation and expression and you can say the same word but if you change the intonation it can have the opposite meaning. I found that really fascinating.”
The 2021 Academy Awards will be presented on April 26, 2021.