THURSDAY, february 6 at 7:00pm | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8

Don’t miss your chance to experience this year’s best short films the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen – before the 92nd Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 9, 2020! Predict the winners and you could win free passes to The Loft Cinema!

“The short films … offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are:  eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Once again, The Loft Cinema is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action Short Films, Animated Short Films and Documentary Short Films that received Academy Award nominations this past year. The 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films program offers viewers the rare opportunity to experience the year’s best short films from across the globe, collected together in this special cinematic showcase courtesy of Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures. At the screenings, pick up an “Oscar Shorts Prediction” ballot in the lobby, check off your favorite film, and all those who correctly guess the winner (the winning films will be announced at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 9) will be entered into a drawing for free movie passes to The Loft! Pass winners will be notified the week following the Oscar telecast. Don’t miss your golden opportunity to experience all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films, exclusively at The Loft Cinema!

This year’s nominated films:

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl) : Young Afghan girls learn to read, write and skateboard in Kabul. (Dir. by Carol Dysinger, 2019, UK, in Dari with English subtitles 39 mins., Not Rated)

Life Overtakes Me: In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life’s uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.  (Dir. John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, 2019, Sweden/USA, in English, 39 mins., Not Rated)

In the Absence: Documents the sinking of a South Korean Ferry.  As a result of the ineptitude of the first response to the emerging situation, hundreds of people, mostly children, lost their lives. (Dir. by Yi Seung-Jun, 2018, South Korea, in Korean with English subtitles, 28 mins., Not Rated)

St. Louis Superman: Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a critical bill for his community. (Dir. by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, 2019, USA, 28 mins., Not Rated)

Walk Run Cha-Cha:  Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California – and are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor. (Dir. by Laura Nix, 2019, USA, 21 mins., Not Rated)

Total program running time: 160 mins.