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Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018 Animation & Live Action

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2 pm and 7:30 PM
Location: Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium
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Not Rated, Animated: 83 min., Live Action: 99 min

The Film Series will once again offer the opportunity to see all ten Academy Award nominees in the categories of Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short. Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the best work in short films. These acclaimed works by international filmmakers are rarely available for public screening. The ten nominated films will be split into two separate programs (Animated and Live Action) that will run in rotation starting on Tuesday, March 13 through Friday, March 16 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. The rotation schedule and a detailed listing of the featured titles will be available at the Performing Arts Ticket Office and on our website at Separate admission is required for each program.

Shorts 2018 Grid

Animated Program
(83 minutes, may include additional material)

Animation – PG. Most of the shorts would be G rated, but the very end of GARDEN PARTY has some disturbing imagery of a human corpse that could be upsetting to younger viewers.

Dear Basketball
Dir. Glen Keane, United States, 2017, 5 min.
Veteran animation director Glen Keane brings Kobe Bryant’s inspiring poem “Dear Basketball” to life, set to music by composer John Williams.

Garden Party
Dir. Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro, France, 2016, 7 min.
In a deserted house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts. *See Parental Warning above.

Dir. Dave Mullins, United States, 2017, 7 min.
When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the lost and found box.

Negative Space
Dir. Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata, France, 2017, 6 min.
Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

Revolting Rhymes
Dir. Jakob Schuh & Jan Lachauer, United Kingdom, 2016, 29 min.
Roald Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales are interwoven with playful twists and surprising endings.

Additional Films (not nominated)
Lost Property Office – Australia, 10 minutes
Weeds – United States, 3 minutes
Achoo – France, 7 minutes


Live Action Program
(99 minutes, may include additional material)

DeKalb Elementary
Dir. Reed Van Dyk, United States, 20 min.
Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Silent Child
Dir. Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, United Kingdom, 20 min.
The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

My Nephew Emmett
Dir. Kevin Wilson, Jr., United States, 20 min.
In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on true events.

The Eleven O’Clock
Dir. Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 min.
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

Watu Wote/All of Us
Dir. Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 min.
For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.


Tickets are on sale 30 minutes prior to each screening.

  • Admission:
    $6 MWPAI Members
    $8 General Admission
    $4 Students
    Free for PrattMWP Students
  • Film Passbooks that don't expire:
    10 discounted admissions are available
    at the Performing Arts Ticket Office:
    $55 for MWPAI Members
    $75 for General Admission

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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