Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Film poster
Directed byRobert Valley
Written byRobert Valley
Produced byCara Speller
Massive Swerve Studios
Distributed byPassion Pictures Animation
Release date
  • July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) (USA)
Running time
35 minutes

Pear Cider and Cigarettes is a 2016 Canadian animated short film[1][2] written and directed by Robert Valley and produced by Cara Speller.[3][4] The film and the graphic novel of the same name are based on a true story.


Hard-living Techno Stypes has been Robert's best friend since childhood, and over the years, Robert has been amazed by Techno's ability to sabotage himself. When Techno is hospitalized in China and needs a liver transplant, Robert goes on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Academy Awards February 26, 2017 Best Animated Short Film Robert Valley and Cara Speller Nominated [5][6]
Annie Awards February 2017 Best Animated Special Production Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation Won [7]

See also


  1. ^ Scott Lehane (February 9, 2017). "'Pear Cider and Cigarettes': How a 'Passion' Project Became an Academy Award Contender". Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "British Films Directory — Film Detail — Pear Cider and Cigarettes". September 26, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (November 23, 2016). "Oscars: 10 Animated Shorts Advance in 2016 Race". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Amidi, Amid (September 22, 2016). "Watch Rob Valley's 'Pear Cider and Cigarettes': 50% Off Promo Code Inside". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "89th Academy Awards Nominees". Oscar.go. January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "Piper" wins Best Animated Short Film-Oscars on YouTube
  7. ^ Terry Flores (February 4, 2017). "'Zootopia' Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved February 13, 2017.