For the 18th consecutive year, ShortsTV presents the Oscar-Nominated Short Films (Documentary, Animated, and Live Action), 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 before the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 12.
OPENS FRIDAY, FEB. 17
ADMISSION TO EACH PROGRAM: $12.50 General | $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée | $7 CAFILM Members
ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 97 MIN.
THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a story of kindness, courage, and hope in traditional hand-drawn animation, following the unlikely friendship of the title characters as they journey in search of the boy’s home. Based on the book of the same name. Directors: Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy. (UK 2022) 34 min
THE FLYING SAILOR
In 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour, causing the largest accidental explosion in history. Among the tragic stories of the disaster is the remarkable account of a sailor who, blown skyward from the docks, flew a distance of two kilometres before landing uphill, naked and unharmed. The Flying Sailor is a contemplation of his journey. Directors: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby (Canada 2022) 7 min
Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily. Director: João Gonzalez (Portugal/UK/France 2022) 14 min
AN OSTRICH TOLD ME THE WORLD IS FAKE AND I THINK I BELIEVE IT
When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation. He must put aside his dwindling toaster sales and focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery. Director: Lachlan Pendragon (Australia 2022) 11 min
MY YEAR OF DICKS
An imaginative 15-year-old is stubbornly determined to lose her virginity despite the pathetic pickings in the outskirts of Houston in the early 90’s. Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir/ Writer: Pamela Ribon (US 2022) 24 min
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 17-19 • 5:15
ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 166 MIN.
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS
The Elephant Whisperers follows an indigenous couple as they fall in love with Raghu, an orphaned elephant given into their care, and tirelessly work to ensure his recovery and survival. Director: Kartiki Gonsalves (India 2022) 39 min
A man is waiting in his hut in the desolate expanse of the Russian Arctic. He is holding out in order to observe a natural event that occurs here, every year. But ocean warming is taking its toll. Directors: Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev (UK/Russia 2022) 25 min
HOW DO WE MEASURE A YEAR?
For 17 years, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt filmed his daughter Ella on her birthday in the same spot, asking the same questions. What results is a unique chance to watch time, to see a young woman come into focus physically, mentally and emotionally. Director: Jay Rosenblatt (US 2022) 29 min
THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT
She was once as famous as Jackie O. And then she tried to take down a President. The Martha Mitchell Effect is an archival documentary portrait of the unlikeliest of whistleblowers: Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet. It offers a female gaze on Watergate through the voice of the woman herself. Directors: Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy (US 2022) 39 min
STRANGER AT THE GATE
From Executive Producer Malala Yousafzai. After 25 years of service, a US Marine filled with hatred for Muslims plots to bomb an Indiana mosque. When he comes face to face with the immigrants he seeks to kill, the story takes a shocking twist toward compassion, grace, and forgiveness. Director: Joshua Seftel (US 2022) 30 min
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB. 18 & 19 • 1:00
ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 115 MIN.
AN IRISH GOODBYE
On a farm in rural Northern Ireland, estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan are forced to reunite following the untimely death of their mother. Directors: Tom Berkeley, Ross White (Ireland 2022) 23 min
Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets. The search for Ivalu is on. Directors: EAnders Walter, Pipaluk K. Jørgensen (Denmark 2022) 216 min
From writer and director, Alice Rohrwacher, and Academy Award® winning producer, Alfonso Cuarón, “Le Pupille” is a tale of innocence, greed and fantasy. This live action short is about desires, pure and selfish, about freedom and devotion, and about the anarchy that is capable of flowering in the minds of girls within the confines of a strict religious boarding school at Christmas. Director: Alice Rohrwacher (Italy 2022) 37 min
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It is a cold night in December. As Ebba waits for the tram, an unexpected turn of events transforms the ride home into something she was not expecting. Director: Eirik Tveiten (Norway 2022) 15 min
THE RED SUITCASE
An Iranian girl decides to remove her Headscarf/Hijab in a life changing situation. Director: Cyrus Neshvad (Luxembourg 2022) 18 min
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 17-19 • 7:30