Oscars

Short films can pack tremendous viewing value into just a few minutes of screentime. The very best of the best have now earned Oscar nominations. Thanks to ShortsTV™, moviegoers will be able to see the nominated short films in theaters, the only opportunity to enjoy these award-worthy titles before the Academy Awards® ceremony on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

In our exclusive trailer, we get a sneak peak of the exciting treasures that await, as filmmakers from around the world seek to enlighten and entertain. To whet your appetite, check out brief descriptions of the films below.

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM NOMINEES

Burrow
Synopsis: A young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she's doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble.

Genius Loci
Synopsis: One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.

If Anything Happens I Love You
Synopsis: In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.

Opera
Synopsis: A massive 8K size animation installation project that portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life.

Yes-People
Synopsis:
One morning, an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle - such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM NOMINEES

Feeling Through
Synopsis: A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen in need and a DeafBlind man.

The Letter Room
Synopsis: A dark prison comedy about the secret life of a correctional officer who gets transferred to a job in the letter room, where a new world suddenly opens to him ways to find solace and spirituality afterwards.

The Present
Synopsis: On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?

Two Distant Strangers
Synopsis: Cartoonist Carter James' repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to relive the same awful day over and over again.

White Eye
Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

 


DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM NOMINEES

Colette
Synopsis: On the anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by visiting the Nazi concentration camp in Germany where her brother was killed. As a young girl, she had been a member of the French resistance and had always refused to set foot in Germany. That changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Prepared to reopen old wounds and revisit the terrors of that time, Marin-Catherine offers important lessons

A Concerto Is a Conversation
Synopsis: A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family's lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Do Not Split
Synopsis: The story of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protestors that escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene.

Hunger Ward
Synopsis: Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, the film documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.

A Love Song For Latasha
Synopsis: The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising. As the Black community expressed its profound pain in the streets, Latasha’s friends and family privately mourned the loss of a vibrant child whose full story was never in the headlines. Nearly three decades later, director Sophia Nahli Allison removes Latasha from the context of her death to craft a dreamlike portrait of a promising life lost, demonstrating the impact one brief but brilliant life can have.

 

Watch the trailer below, then get tickets to see the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts, Live Action Shorts and Documentary Shorts in theaters and in virtual cinemas, starting on Friday, April 2. A portion of proceeds from the virtual cinemas release will benefit local theaters that are unable to be open during the release. The program will be available to watch via FandangoNOW on Tuesday, April 20. The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 25.