Part of 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films.
For the 15th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar Nominated Short Films. 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. Catch the awards ceremony on screen right here at the Belcourt at our annual fundraiser, A Red Carpet Evening, Feb 9.
IN THE ABSENCE
Dir. Seung-jun Yi | USA | 29 min.
An unflinching look at the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. Employing extensive archival material and in-depth historical research, telling the story of the ferry that capsized and sank in the Yellow Sea on 16 April 2014, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students on a field trip.
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WAR ZONE (IF YOU'RE A GIRL)
Dir. Carol Dysinger | UK | 40 min.
In Afghanistan, there are limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything, as they start to learn how to read, write - and even skateboard - in Kabul.
LIFE OVERTAKES ME
Dirs. John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson | USA | 37 min.
The story of two traumatized children of the refugee diaspora in Sweden, who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into life-threatening, coma-like state called Resignation Syndrome.
ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
Dir. Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan | USA | 28 min.
Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.
WALK RUN CHA-CHA
Dir. Laura Nix | USA | 20 min.
Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Six years later they reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time – on the dance floor.
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