2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Director: various Run Time: 99-136 min.

For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on April 2. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, April 25.

ANIMATED SHORTS (Running Time: 99 minutes) $12

Burrow Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)

Genius LociAdrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)

If Anything Happens I Love You Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)

Opera Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)

Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)


The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)

Kapaemahu (USA, 7 min.)

To Gerard (USA, 8 min.) 

Ratings guidelines:

Animated Shorts: PG-13. In IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, parents mourn their child, killed in a school shooting. GENIUS LOCI contains some “shits” and “fucks,” smoking, and very brief nudity. The program overall, while excellent, deals with some tough issues and a few of the films are not suitable for children under 12.

LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 130 minutes) – $12

Feeling Through Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA, 19 min.)

The Letter Room Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA, 33 min.)

The Present Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)

Two Distant Strangers Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min.)

White Eye Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)

Ratings guidelines:

Live Action Shorts: Rated R. Adult themes and language.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (Running Time: 136 minutes) – $12 

Colette – Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard (France/Germany/USA, 24 min.)

A Concerto Is a Conversation – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (USA, 13 min.)

Do Not Split Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook (USA/Norway, 20 min.)

Hunger WardSkye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman (USA, 40 min.)

A Love Song for Latasha Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan (USA, 18 min.)

Ratings guidelines:

Documentary Shorts: Rated R. The Hong Kong protests, Black history, the Holocaust. Please note that HUNGER WARD is a very intense look at child hunger in Yemen and the program is very much not for young audiences.

All 3 programs can be purchased together for $30.

Each week, hosts Carter Pilcher, the CEO of ShortsTV, and Rasha Goel, a Los Angeles-based Emmy Award nominated entertainment journalist, sit down for an in-depth look at what it takes to get to get through the awards season gauntlet for the three short film Oscar categories. From qualifying a short to winning an Oscar, they’ll speak with with industry insiders, short film nominees, Academy governors, and Oscar winners to provide real insight into what it takes to win an Oscar — from the craft of filmmaking to campaigning strategy (even I’ve made an appearance).

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