ShortsTV, the first and only global channel and network dedicated to short films, announced today the 16th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation and Documentary, the short films will be available globally starting April 2.
The program will run on more than 200 screens across 50+ theatrical markets including New York and Los Angeles — and, due to theaters being directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, through virtual cinematic releases with a portion of proceeds benefiting the local theaters that are unable to be open during the release. Participating theaters and ticketing info available at tickets.oscar-shorts.com. This is the only opportunity for audiences to watch the short film nominees in theaters before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 25.
“Last year’s Oscar Nominated Short Films were some of the last great movies many of our audiences saw in theatres before the pandemic. Now, as we emerge from this challenging time, we are thrilled to bring the joy of great cinema to our global audiences through the beloved Oscar Nominated Short Films releases, which will be available to audiences everywhere in a few short weeks,” said ShortsTV CEO and Founder Carter Pilcher. “This year’s films are breathtaking and compelling – our audiences are gonna love ‘em!”
The program will also be available on VOD via iTunes, Amazon, Verizon, Google Play beginning April 20.
Coinciding with the theatrical and virtual releases, ShortsTV also launched “The ShortsTV Podcast – Award Season” and is releasing episodes weekly leading up to the awards ceremony. Guests include Academy members, industry insiders, this year’s nominees, previous winners and more. The podcast is currently available to stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Soundcloud.
More information at shorts.tv/theoscarshorts.
Animated Short Film Nominees
- Burrow dir. Madeline Sharafian (U.S.; Pixar) | A young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble.
- Genius Loci dir. Adrien Merigeau (France; Kazak Prod.) | One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.
- If Anything Happens I Love You dir. Michael Govier, Will McCormack (U.S.; Netflix) | In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.
- Opera dir. Erick Oh (U.S./South Korea; Beasts and Natives Alike) | Opera is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. Oh enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life.
- Yes-People dir. Gísli Darri Halldórsson (Iceland) | One morning, an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle – such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.