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With all three short film 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, don't miss this year's selection of shorts, presented in virtual cinemas by Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures. The Academy Awards® take place Sunday, April 25th.


Oscar®-Nominated Short Films 2021: Animated


BURROW – Madeline Sharafian, Michael Capbarat (U.S., 6 min.)

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 her imperfections to her neighbors, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble.


GENIUS LOCI – Adrien Mérigeau, Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)

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 – Will McCormack, Michael Govier (U.S., 12 min.)

Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting in this touching elegy on grief.


OPERA – Erick Oh (U.S./South Korea, 9 min.)

Inspired by Renaissance artists, this massive 8K size animation project looks at a society that exists within a pyramid-esque structure and how individual actions and interactions impact the society as a whole.


YES-PEOPLE – Gísli Darri Halldórsson, Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)

Six people in one apartment building wake up and start their daily routines, from work and school to dishwashing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested, and at bedtime every resident must face the deeds of the day.


Plus a selection of additional animated shorts from the 2021 Oscar® shortlist:


THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE – Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon (UK/Germany, 26 min.)

This film follows the amazing journey of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and hitches a ride on the tail of a friendly humpback whale. Based on the 2003 picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the film features the voices of Diana Rigg, Sally Hawkins and Rob Brydon.


KAPAEMAHU ­– Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson (U.S., 8 min.)

Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii and imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden — until now.


TO GERARD – Taylor Meacham (U.S., 7 min.)

An elderly mailman who dreams of being a magician charms his first-ever audience member with an impromptu magic show.

Treat as RATED PG-13. Films include profanity, smoking, brief nudity and themes intended for mature audiences.

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