Oscar Shorts: Live Action

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image from film WHITE EYE (Oscar Shorts Live Action 2020)

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For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films. 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 25th.

  • The Present (Palestine, 25 min.) Director: Farah Nabulsi; 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?

  • Feeling Through (USA, 19 min.) Director: Doug Roland; 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.

  • Two Distant Strangers (USA, 25 min.) Director: Travon Free/Martin Desmond Roe; Synopsis: In “Two Distant Strangers,” cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.

  • White Eye (Israel, 21 min.) Director: Tomer Shushan; Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

  • The Letter Room (USA, 33 min.) Director: Elvira Lind; Synopsis: When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner's deeply private life.

Rated: R. Adult themes and language.


For more information & trailers for each film: shorts.tv/theoscarshorts