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For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on April 2nd. 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. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, April 25th.


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Burrow directed by Madeline Sharafian (USA, 6 mins, 2020)

In Disney and Pixar’s new short film BURROW, 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. After hitting (bed) rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help. Directed by Madeline Sharafian and produced by Mike Capbarat, BURROW is part of Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program.


Genius Loci directed by Adrien Merigeaum (France, 16 mins, 2019)

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 directed by Michael Govier and Will McCormack (USA, 13 mins, 2020)

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


Opera directed by Erick Oh (USA, 9 mins, 2020)

Opera is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty

and absurdity.


Yes-People ( Já-Fólkid) directed by Gísli Darr Halldórsson (Iceland, 9 mins, 2020)

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.


In addition to the nominated shorts, this program also includes 3 animated films from the 2021 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards shortlist:


Kapaemahu directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, and Daniel Sousa (USA, 8 mins, 2020)

Narrated in Olelo Niihau, the only unbroken form of the Hawaiian language, this short is based on the long-hidden history of four healing stones on Waikiki Beach placed there as a tribute to four legendary mahu who first brought the healing arts to Hawaii. 


The Snail and the Whale directed by Max lanf and Daniel Snaddon (UK/Germany, 26 mins, 2019)

A tiny snail goes on an amazing journey by hitching a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale. Based on the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.


To: Gerard directed by Taylor Meachum (USA, 7 mins, 2020)

A sprightly elderly man brightens the day of a little girl through magic.

  • Year
    2019-2020
  • Runtime
    94 mins
  • Director
    Various