Gold Coast Arts and ShortsTV proudly presents the Oscar Nominated Short Films for 2021. This exclusive release features the year’s most spectacular short films and are available to stream virtually for a limited time. Each nominee is released in one of three distinct feature-length compilations according to their category of nomination: Live Action, Animation or Documentary. This year’s nominees are:
BURROW | USA | 6 mins | 2020 – Director: MADELINE SHARAFIAN
Synopsis: In Disney and Pixar’s new short film, a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing.
GENIUS LOCI | France | 16 mins | 2019 – Director: ADRIEN MERIGEAU
Synopsis: One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.
IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU | USA | 13 mins | 2020 – Director: MICHAEL GOVIER, WILL MCCORMACK
Synopsis: Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting. An elegy on grief.
OPERA | South Korea, USA | 9 mins | 2020 – Director: ERICK OH
Synopsis: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ – George Santayana
YES-PEOPLE | Iceland | 9 mins | 2020 – Director: GÍSLI DARRI HALLDÓRSSON
Synopsis: One morning an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle, such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.
FEELING THROUGH | USA | 19 MINS | 2019 – Director: DOUG ROLAND
Synopsis: The first film to feature a DeafBlind actor in a lead role, is a coming-of-age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of assistance getting to a bus stop. Out of an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek.
THE LETTER ROOM | USA | 33 mins | 2020 – Director: ELVIRA LIND
Synopsis: When an empathetic corrections officer gets transferred to the prison’s letter room, he soon finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row.
THE PRESENT | Palestine | 25 mins | 2020 – Director: FARAH NABULSI
Synopsis: On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?
TWO DISTANT STRANGERS | USA | 29 mins | 2020 – Director: TRAVON FREE, MARTIN DESMOND ROE
Synopsis: Cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.
WHITE EYE | Israel | 20 mins | 2019 – Director: TOMER SHUSHAN
Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.
COLETTE | USA | 25 mins | 2020 – Director: ANTHONY GIACCHINO
Synopsis: A journey of self-discovery for ninety-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine, who is one of the last surviving members of the French Resistance.
A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION | USA | 13 mins | 2020 – Director: KRIS BOWERS, BEN PROUDFOOT
Synopsis: The story of virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers as he tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
DO NOT SPLIT | USA, NORWAY | 35 MINS | 2020 – Director: ANDERS HAMMER
Synopsis: Told from within the heart of the Hong Kong protests, the story begins in 2019 as a proposed bill allowing the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China escalated protests throughout Hong Kong.
HUNGER WARD | USA | 40 mins | 2020 – Director: SKYE FITZGERALD
Synopsis: Filmed inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in conflict-ridden Yemen, the film documents two women fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war.
A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA | USA | 19 mins | 2019 – Director: SOPHIA NAHLI ALLISON
Synopsis: The film traces the injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store, and a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising.
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