2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Animated Oscar Shorts 2021

saturday, april 3; tuesday, april 6 friday, april 9; monday, april 12; thursday, april 15 AT 7:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • LOFT MEMBERS: $12 | TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY | WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES FOR THIS SCREENING

This Open Air Cinema presentation will take place outdoors at The Loft Cinema, and seating is limited (sanitized chairs will be provided, or you can supply your own). The Loft Cinema adheres to all current health and safety guidelines. Social Distancing will be strictly enforced, and masks must be worn at all times (except when eating/drinking). Let’s have a fun, safe and unforgettable night at the movies, Open Air style!

For these Open Air Screenings we will be changing to 100% individual audio transmission. Earphones will be available for purchase at each screening (for $1 each), but we recommend that you bring your own WIRED earphones or headphones to maximize your viewing experience. (Note: airpods, bluetooth, and other wireless headphones are NOT compatible with our system). For FAQS and info on our new audio transmission click here.

This program is also available to watch as a private theater rental.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this year’s best short films under the stars before the 93rd Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, April 25, 2021! 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

For the 16th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films!   With all three categories offered – Live Action, Animated and Documentary – this is 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 (not to mention here at The Loft Cinema), don’t miss this year’s standout selection of stellar shorts!

After each screening, audience members will receive an “Oscar Shorts Prediction” ballot for that category via email – simply indicate which film you think will take home the gold on Oscar night, and all those who correctly guess the winning film in that category will be entered into a drawing for free movie passes to The Loft Cinema!  Pass winners will be notified the week following the Oscar telecast on April 25.

*Please note:  all films are unrated and may contain some mature subject matter and language.   Films in the Animated Shorts program are suitable for ages 13+, with a ratings equivalent of PG-13.

A young rabbit tries to build the burrow of her dreams, becoming embarrassed each time she accidentally digs into a neighbor’s home. (Dir. by Madeline Sharafian/Michael Capbarat, 2020, USA, 6 mins., Not Rated)

Genius Loci
One night, Reine, a young loner, sees the urban chaos as a mystical oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.  (Dir. by Adrien Mérigeau/Amauray Ovise, 2020, France, 16 mins., Not Rated)

If Anything Happens, I Love You
In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.  (Dir. by Will McCormack/Michael Govier, 2020, USA, 12 mins., Not Rated)

The history, structures and rhythms of human history are seen through a glorious, massive pyramid.  (Dir. by Erick Oh, 2020, South Korea, 9 mins., Not Rated)

One morning an eclectic mix of people faces the everyday battle – such as work, school and dish-washing.  As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately, their capacity to cope.   (Dir. by Gísli Darri Halldórsson /Arnar Gunnarsson, 2020, Iceland, 8 mins., Not Rated)

PLUS, these selections from the shortlist:

The Snail and the Whale
A tiny snail goes on an amazing journey by hitching a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale.  (Dir. by Max Lang/Daniel Snaddon/Suzanne Lang, 2020, UK/Germany, 26 mins., Not Rated)

Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirt brought the healing arts to Hawaii and imbued their powers in four giant boulders.   The stones will stand on Waikiki Beach, but their true story has been hidden – until now.   (Dir. by Dean Hamer/Joe Wilson/Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, 2020, USA, 8 mins., Not Rated)

To Gerard
A sprightly elderly man brightens the day of a little girl through magic.  (Dir. by Taylor Meacham, 2020, USA, 7 mins., Not Rated)