For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. 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.
This animated shorts program would be rated PG (themes dealt with in these shorts include Alzheimer’s disease, divorce and the death of a parent). Nothing offensive here, just slightly heavy themes. Suitable for children around 9+. Please note that there is some scary imagery in WEEKENDS that might not be great for much younger kids. (Note: Trailers for individual shorts on Shorts TV website.) The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 24th.
Director: Domee Shi & Becky Neimann-Cobb (USA, 8 mins)
An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
Director: Louise Bagnall & Nuria Gonzalez Blanco (Ireland, 10 mins)
Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
Director: Alison Snowden and David Fine (Canada, 14 mins)
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviou', five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
Director: Trevor Jimenez (USA, 15 mins)
Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
ONE SMALL STEP
Director: Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas (USA & CHINA, 8 mins)
Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
- PLUS A SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS (not nominated)
Director: Wenli Zhang (USA, 6 mins)
After years sailing the sea, Derek the pirate and his sidekick monkey finally find a treasure box—a magic box that can make your wildest wishes come true.
Director: Zhanna Bekmambetova (RUSSIA, 11 mins)
Life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited, we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly!