Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Oscars: Nominated Short Films Hitting Theaters Next Week

Oscar statuettes 2Five days after the 2016 Academy Award nominees were announced, we have theatrical playdates for the short films that made the cut. ShortsHD, a cable channel dedicated to short films, and Magnolia Pictures are teaming to put The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 in moviehouses January 29. The program — which includes all 15 live-action, animated and documentary shorts — will screen in more than 400 screens across North America.

“Short film is like film on steroids, ” said ShortsHD CEO Carter Pilcher. “For talent, short film vastly expands opportunities, provides an incredible forum for experimentation and creates a pathway for further success. For viewers, short film offers an abundance of dynamic stories, which are told in ways that they cannot be or are not being told in feature film, including films that may be uniquely relevant to their cultures.”

This marks the 11th year of the Oscar-nominated short films theatrical experience, and it’s the only opportunity for audiences to watch the nominated shorts before the 88th Annual Academy Awards on February 28. Last year’s program earned more than $2.4 million worldwide. This year’s nommed shorts represent more than a dozen countries: the U.S., France, Germany, Palestine, UK, Kosovo, Austria, Chile, Russia, Liberia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Canada.

“As the short film genre continues to pick up in popularity and competitiveness, ” Pilcher said, “with it comes an increase in the quality of production and diversity of voices.”

Here is a rundown of the 15 pics featured in The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016:


Ave Maria
Directors: Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.
Country of origin: France | Germany | Palestine
TRT: 15
Language: Arabic | English | Hebrew

Day One
Directors: Henry Hughes
Synopsis: On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor.
Country of origin: United States
TRT: 25
Language: English | Dari

Directors: Jamie Donoughue
Synopsis: In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.
Country of origin: United Kingdom | Kosovo
TRT: 21
Language: Albanian | Serbian

Directors: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Synopsis: For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.
Country of origin: United Kingdom
TRT: 12
Language: English

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Directors: Patrick Vollrath
Synopsis: Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.
Country of origin: Germany | Austria
TRT: 30
Language: German


Bear Story
Directors: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.”
Country of origin: Chile
TRT: 11
Language: No Dialouge

Directors: Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
Synopsis: 2, 400 years ago, four warriors — two Spartan and two Athenian — battle to the death in an intense struggle witnessed by a little girl, who then runs to her grandmother for comfort.

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