Oscar Nominated Short Films in Select Theaters Friday January 29th


unnamedSo you’ve read the announcements, seen their titles, and still have no idea what these Oscar shorts are about. The Academy has your back and is releasing these films in select theaters Friday January 29, 2016.

Live Action and Animated shorts will come to The Nuart theater in West LA, while the Documentary shorts will be playing at Monica 4 Plex in Santa Monica. All 3 options will open in Orange County at the Regency South Coast Village 3.

By February 4, 2016, the Live Action and Animation shorts will go to Rolling Hills 20 in Torrance; February 6 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro;February 12 at the Burbank Town Center 8 in Burbank, Covina 30 in Covina, Citywalk Stadium 19 in Universal City, Laemmle NoHo7 in North Hollywood and Playhouse 7 Cinemas in Pasadena; February 13 at the Claremont 5 in Claremont; February 26 at the Century 20 – Bella Terra in Huntington Beach and Rave 18 in Los Angeles.

And the nominees are:



Ave Maria

Directors: Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

Country of origin: France | Germany | Palestine

TRT:  15

Language: Arabic | English | Hebrew


Day One

Directors: Henry Hughes

Synopsis: On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor.

Country of origin: United States

TRT: 25

Language: English | Dari



Directors: Jamie Donoughue

Synopsis: In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

Country of origin: United Kingdom | Kosovo

TRT: 21

Language:  Albanian | Serbian



Directors: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Synopsis: For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

Country of origin: United Kingdom

TRT: 12

Language: English


Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Directors: Patrick Vollrath

Synopsis: Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

Country of origin: Germany | Austria

TRT: 30

Language: German




Bear Story

Directors: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

Country of origin: Chile

TRT:  11

Language: No Dialogue



Directors:  Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Synopsis: 2,400 years ago, four warriors — two Spartan and two Athenian — battle to the death in an intense struggle witnessed by a little girl, who then runs to her grandmother for comfort.

Country of origin: United Kingdom

TRT: 6

Language: English


Sanjay’s Super Team

Directors: Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

Synopsis:  Young Sanjay, a first-generation Indian-American, is obsessed with television, cartoons and his superhero action figures. He is reluctant to spend time in daily prayers with his devout Hindu father, but a flight of imagination helps him develop a new perspective that he and his father can both embrace.

Country of origin: United States

TRT: 7

Language:  English


World of Tomorrow

Directors: Don Hertzfeldt

Synopsis: A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.

Country of origin: United States

TRT: 17

Language: English


We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

Directors: Konstantin Bronzit

Synopsis: Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

Country of origin: Russia

TRT: 16

Language: No Dialogue




Body Team 12

Directors: David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Synopsis: In Monrovia, Liberia, Garmai Sumo is the only female member of Body Team 12, one of the many teams collecting the bodies of those who died from Ebola during the height of the 2014 outbreak. Despite the perilous nature of her job and the distrust with which she is often met, Garmai remains dedicated to her work.

Country of origin: Liberia

TRT: 13

Language: English


Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah

Directors: Adam Benzine

Synopsis: Thirty years after the release of the documentary SHOAH, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.

Country of origin: Canada | United States | United Kingdom

TRT:  40

Language: French


Chau, Beyond the Lines

Directors: Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Synopsis: Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

Country of origin: United States | Vietnam

TRT: 34

Language: Vietnamese


A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Directors: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Synopsis:  Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

Country of origin: Pakistan

TRT:  40

Language:  Panjabi


Last Day of Freedom

Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Synopsis: When Bill Babbitt realized that his brother Manny had committed a crime, he agonized over the decision to call the police, knowing that Manny could face the death penalty but hoping he would instead receive the help he needed. Manny, an African-American veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, suffered from PTSD and had found it difficult to obtain healthcare.

Country of origin: United States

TRT: 32

Language: English


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