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 live action program would be rated R (violence, language, and adult themes). (Note: Trailers for individual shorts on Shorts TV website.) The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 24th.
Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado (Spain, 19 mins)
A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago.
Director: Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon (Canada, 16 mins)
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer...
Director: Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset (Canada, 19 mins)
An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.
Director: Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon (Ireland, 30 mins)
Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.
Director: Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman (USA, 20 mins)
A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.