For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 8th. 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 on Sunday, February 24.
Oscar Nominated Short Films—Animated
Rated PG, 76 minutes
Directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. 2018, Canada, 14 minutes
Directed by Domee Shi
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. 2018, U.S., 8 minutes
Directed by Louise Bagnall
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. 2017, Ireland, 10 minutes.
One Small Step
Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
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. 2018, U.S./China, 8 minutes.
Directed by Trevor Jimenez
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. 2017, U.S., 15 minutes.
Plus Two Bonus Shorts:
Directed by Wenli Zhang and Nan Li
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. 2017, U.S., 6 minutes
Directed by Zhanna Bekmambetova
In her first animated project, director Zhanna Bekmambetova shows the relationship between a young girl and her fearless companion, a sparrow. Winner for the Best Short Animation at the Animago Festival. 2018, Russia, 11 minutes.
Co-presented with the Louisville Film Society. LFS offers an Oscar Watch Party on Sunday, February 24. Visit the website for more details.