Working in partnership with Magnolia Pictures, ShortsHD (the world’s only channel for short movies) will present the Oscar Nominated Short Films of 2014 in over 250 theaters across the U.S., Canada and Europe on Friday, January 31. Luckily, Los Angeles is one of the markets, and the Live Action and Animated shorts will screen at the Nuart Theatre for two weeks only, from January 31 – February 13. (The Documentary Shorts will open at the Nuart on February 14).
Each of the Animated and Live Action Short films will screen as separate admissions, which makes sense since each program is feature length – the Animated Shorts run 102 minutes, while the Live Action Shorts run 113 minutes.
The Live Action Short Films are:
- “That Wasn’t Me” (from Spain, directed by Esteban Crespo)
- “Just Before Losing Everything” (from France, directed by Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras)
- “Helium” (from Denmark, directed by Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson)
- “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” (from Finland, directed by Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari)
- “The Voorman Problem” (from the U.K., directed by Mark Gill and Baldwin Li)
The Animated Short Films are:
- “Feral” (from the U.S., directed by Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden)
- “Get a Horse!” (from the U.S., directed by Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim)
- “Mr. Hublot” (from Luxembourg/France, directed by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares)
- “Possessions” (from Japan, directed by Shuhei Morita)
- “Room on the Broom” (from the U.K., directed by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer)
Having the good fortune to screen these two programs, I can honestly say that both the Live Action and Animated programs are each comprised of five equally strong and award-deserving films.
In the Live Action Shorts category, the intense, exquisitely written and directed standouts like, “Just Before Losing Everything” (which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout) and “That Wasn’t Me” could be overshadowed by the sentimental “Helium” or more comical fare like “The Voorman Problem” or “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” And the same goes for the Animated Shorts as well.
Who knows who might win Oscar? It’s anyone’s game. These are two competitive and well-represented categories.
This is the 9th year that ShortsHD has presented the nominated shorts theatrically, and it’s the only opportunity to see these fine Oscar nominated films before the Academy Awards on March 2. Not surprisingly, these nominated short film screenings are very popular – last year’s 2013 program grossed nearly $2,175,000 which was up 28% from the prior year, and 800% since the ShortsHD program began.
Not only is each program showcasing some of the finest short films in the world, but remember your Oscar pool – won’t you feel smart when you actually cast an intelligent vote for your favorite live action and animated short? It’s a great theatrical event, one not to miss.
The Oscar Nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts open at the Nuart Theatre for two weeks beginning January 31 and each program is Not Rated. Also, both programs are separate admissions.