2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films


Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4.



Feb 23

2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

Dekalb Elementary

US. 20 minutes. 2017
Director: Reed Van Dyk

Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

My Nephew Emmett

US. 20 minutes. 2017
Director: Kevin Wilson, JR.

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

Australia. 13 minutes. 2016
Director: Derin Seale

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.

The Silent Child

United Kingdom. 20 minutes. 2017
Director: Chris Overton

The Silent Child centres 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.

Watu Wote (All Of Us)

Germany. Kenya. 23 minutes. 2017
In Swahili with English subtitles
Director: Katja Benrath

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.

Feb 24

2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated

Dear Basketball

US. 5 minutes. 2017
Director: Glen Keane

Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.

Garden Party

France. 7 minutes. 2016
In French with English subtitles
Directors: Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.


US. 7 minutes. 2017
Director: Dave Mullins

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

France. 6 minutes. 2017
Directors: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata are a filmmaking duo based in Baltimore, USA. Collaborating for over a decade as “TINY INVENTIONS ”, they have directed short films, TV commercials, music videos and comics. Negative Space is their fourth professional film.

Revolting Rhymes

Directors: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer
United Kingdom. 23 minutes. 2016

Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings.The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright.