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Oscar Nominated Shorts Presentation – Animated
February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures will be bringing the Oscar-Nominated Short Films to cities across the US. A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts at the SteamPlant Theater on February 17-19! With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your chance to get a sneak peek at this year’s favorite short films and give you an edge in your Oscar pool to predict the winners! FYI, the Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 24th.
ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM – RUN TIME: 75 minutes
BAO Synopsis: An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.
LATE AFTERNOON Synopsis: Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR Synopsis: Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
WEEKENDS Synopsis: The story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
ONE SMALL STEP Synopsis: Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
PLUS A SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS: WISHING BOX; TWEET TWEET