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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: Live Action


FEELING THROUGH – Doug Roland, Susan Ruzenski (U.S., 18 min.)

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen in need and a deafblind man.


THE LETTER ROOM – Elvira Lind, Sofia Sondervan (U.S., 32 min.)

When a corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner's deeply private life.


THE PRESENT – Farah Nabulsi, Ossama Bawardi (Palestine, 23 min.)

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy will it be to go shopping?


TWO DISTANT STRANGERS – Travon Free, Martin Desmond Roe (U.S., 31 min.)

Cartoonist Carter James' repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.


WHITE EYE – Tomer Shushan, Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)

A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

Treat as RATED R. Films include profanity and themes intended for mature audiences.

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