The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, and while many of the nominated feature films are likely to soon find larger audiences, here’s a chance to get a more comprehensive look at the short films that are up for the coveted award. Check out clips and trailers below:
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me):
Directed by Esteban Crespo, “Aquel No Era Yo” is a meditative drama that details the life of Kaney, an African child soldier who encounters Paula, a Spanish aid worker whose life suddenly succumbs to danger.
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything):
Directed by Xavier Legrand, “Avant Que De Tout Perdre” is a tense drama that follows the trouble life of single mother Miriam, who hides with her two children in the supermarket where she works in order to avoid her abusive husband who’s looking for her.
Directed by Anders Walter, “Helium” is a magical tale of adventure that whisks a hospitalized little boy into the beautifully fictional world created for him by the hospital’s sympathetic janitor.
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?):
Directed by Selma Vilhunen, “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” is a fast-paced comedy that looks at the hectic life of a middle-aged woman whose endless efforts to get her family to a wedding begin to take their toll on her sanity.
The Voorman Problem:
Directed by Mark Gill, “The Voorman Problem” is an off-beat comedy about a prison psychiatrist who is assigned to examine the twisted mind of Voorman, an inmate who persists that he is God.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
Directed by Daniel Sousa, “Feral” is haunting drama about a little boy who’s spent his entire childhood living in the woods and must now face civilization.
Get A Horse!:
Directed by Lauren MacMullan, “Get a Horse!” is a whimsical homage to classic Disney cartoons that features Mickey Mouse escaping his 2D roots to heroically save Minnie.
Directed by Lauren Witz and Alexandre Espigares, “Mr. Hublot” follows the comic misadventures of the titular character, who encounters a robot pet that upends his beloved structured routine.
Directed by Shuhei Morita, “Possessions” is an anime short about of man who uses a broken-down shelter to hide from a storm, only to discover that all the objects inside are possessed.
Room on the Broom:
Directed by Jan Lachauer and Max Lang, “Room on the Broom” depicts the adventurous story of a witch who travels on her broom with her cat, then brings along several other animals for what soon becomes a very crowded ride.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM:
Directed by Jeffrey Karoff, “CaveDigger” details the creative life of sculptor Ra Paulette as he attempts to make transformative art out of the hollow caves of New Mexico.
Directed by Jason Cohen, “Facing Fear” examines the harrowing and inspiring story of a homosexual man who confronts the former Neo-Nazi who violently attacked him in his youth.
Karama Has No Walls:
Directed by Sara Ishaq, “Karama Has No Walls” looks at the subversive role of Yemen in the Arab Spring that led to the brutal killing of 53 people and ultimately affected sympathy throughout the nation.
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life:
Directed by Malcolm Clarke, “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” is a poignant story about the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor and the crucial role her music played in getting her through the war.
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall:
Directed by Edgar Barens, “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” depicts the inspirational story of Jack Hall, a terminally ill prisoner who receives hospice care from fellow inmates.