ShortsTV Presents Oscar Nominees in Theaters Next Week

2023 Oscar Shorts poster

ShortsTV, the first and leading global channel and network dedicated to short films, announced the 18th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical release with a new trailer that premiered today. The release, only available in theaters, will contain the short films nominated in the categories of Live Action, Animation and Documentary.

Starting February 17, the 2023 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 500 theaters across 75+ theatrical markets including New York and Los Angeles. This is the only opportunity for audiences to watch the short film nominees in theaters before the 95th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 12.

“This is the year for short films,” said ShortsTV CEO and Founder Carter Pilcher. “In a world that is shifting rapidly to a creator economy of short-form storytellers, these 15 filmmakers are the pinnacle of talent. Nominees include some of the biggest names in global film, like Alfonso Cuarón, to some of the best-known storytellers, like Charlie Mackesy. The Oscars celebrate great filmmaking and the Oscar Shorts are some of the year’s best films in any category. They break new ground, tell stories with brilliant flashes of imagination and elevate the art of storytelling in new ways. We are thrilled to bring the Oscars’ best films once again to the big screen for audiences across the country.”

The previously announce Animated Shorts nominees will make up about 97 minutes of the program:

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (2022, U.K.)
Director: Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy
Synopsis: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a story of kindness, courage, and hope in traditional hand-drawn animation, following the unlikely friendship of the title characters as they journey together, in the boy’s search for home. Based on the book of the same name.

The Flying Sailor
The Flying Sailor

The Flying Sailor (2022, Canada)
Director: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
Synopsis: In 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour, causing the largest accidental explosion in history. Among the tragic stories of the disaster is the remarkable account of a sailor who, blown skyward from the docks, flew a distance of two kilometres before landing uphill, naked and unharmed. The Flying Sailor is a contemplation of his journey.

Ice Merchants
Ice Merchants

Ice Merchants (2022; Portugal, France, U.K.)
Director: João Gonzalez
Synopsis: Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.
***First-ever Portuguese film to be nominated for an Oscar.

My Year of Dicks
My Year of Dicks

My Year of Dicks (2022, U.S.)
Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Synopsis: An imaginative 15-year old is stubbornly determined to lose her virginity despite the pathetic pickings in the outskirts of Houston in the early ’90s. Created by Pamela Ribon from her critically-acclaimed memoir.

An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It
An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It (2022, Australia)
Director: Lachlan Pendragon
Synopsis: When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation. He must put aside his dwindling toaster sales and focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery.

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