2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Live Action Oscar Shorts 2021

Showtimes
friday, april 2; monday, april 5; thursday, april 8, sunday, april 11; wednesday, april 14 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.

Feeling Through
A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.  (Dir. by Doug Roland/Susan Ruzenski, 2020, USA, 19 mins., Not Rated)

The Letter Room
When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner’s deeply private life. (Dir. by Elvira Lind /Sofia Sondervan, 2020, USA, 33 mins., Not Rated)

The Present
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?  (Dir. by Farah Nabulsi, 2020, Palestine, in Arabic/English with English subtitles, 25 mins., Not Rated)

Two Distant Strangers
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.   (Dir. by Travon Free/Martin Desmond Roe, 2020, USA, 25 mins., Not Rated)

White Eye
A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger.  While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.   (Dir. by Tomer Shushan/Shira Hochman, 2019, Israel, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 21 mins., Not Rated)

TOTAL PROGRAM RUNNING TIME: 130 MINS.   RATING EQUIVALENT OF R, FOR MATURE THEMES AND LANGUAGE.