2014 Atlanta Film Festival competition animated short films, “The Dam Keeper” and “Rabbit and Deer,” have been announced as possible contenders in the Best Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards Show. It is stated that forty to sixty animated shorts qualify annually in that category. The Academy will eventually narrow the list down to ten films, and then finally, five that will continue on as nominees.
Both "The Dam Keeper" and "Rabbit and Deer" participated in the animated shorts selection ATLFF 2014. The CartoonBrew announcement was made in the article, Oscars 2014: Best Animated Short Film Contenders, which also includes trailers of the two shorts along with the trailers of the other possible contenders.