ShortsTV to Release the Oscar-Nominated Shorts 2020 in Theaters January 31st

This is the only opportunity for audiences to watch the short film nominees in theaters before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday February 9, 2020.
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Press release: ShortsTV, the leading platform dedicated to short entertainment (, today announced the titles it will feature in the 15th annual theatrical release of the Oscar Nominated Short Films, a three-compilation showcase.

The 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films feature Academy Nominated Short Films from the Live Action, Animation and Documentary categories. ShortsTV will debut the astounding compendium of some of the year’s best but unseen films that will clock in at more than five hours of film.

ShortsTV will premiere the 2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the IFC Center in New York City and in select markets on January 29, and then be available in more than 600 screens in the United States and Canada. The international portion of the release will debut in Europe, India, Latin America, South Africa and Australia.

In 2019, the Oscar-Nominated Short Films earned over $3.5 million in worldwide box office gross, double the level from just two years prior.

"The 2020 short films are a stunning showcase of talent and diversity and a tour de force of the year’s best story telling,'' said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive at ShortsTV. “With eight women director nominees and talent ensembles from across the globe, short films are the Academy’s most diverse categories. Shorts are changing the world of filmmaking one frame at a time.“

Additionally, ShortsTV will release select OSCAR nominated short films via the major digital platforms and cable providers on February 4, 2020. The films will also be available on cable via the industry’s Movies on Demand platforms as well as satellite VOD platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon, Verizon, Vimeo On Demand and Google Play, DISH, Cablevision, AT&T, Spectrum and others.

This is the only opportunity for audiences to watch the short film nominees in theaters before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday February 9, 2020.

For a sneak peek at THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS program, please visit:

This year’s complete release includes the following nominated short films:


Director: Daria Kashcheeva
Synopsis: The bond between a father and a daughter is imperiled by matters that go unspoken and hurts that are slow to heal.
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
TRT: 15 minutes
Language: None

Directors: Matthew A. Cherry Everett Downing Jr. and Bruce W. Smith
Synopsis: Hair Love is an animated short film about an African American father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 7 minutes
Language: English

Directors: Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
Synopsis: An unlikely connection sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 9 minutes
Language: English

Directors: Bruno Collet and Jean-Fran├žois Le Corre
Synopsis: Recently, Louis, painter, and his wife Michelle are experiencing strange events. Their world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furniture, objects, and people lose their realism.
Country of Origin: France
TRT: 12 minutes
Language: French

Director: Siqi Song
Synopsis: A man remembers his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China. How would his life have been if things had gone differently?
Country of Origin: CHINA/USA
TRT: 8 minutes
Language: Chinese


Directors: Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Synopsis: Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.
Country of Origin: Tunisia | Canada | Qatar | Sweden
TRT: 25 Minutes
Language: Arabic

Directors: Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
Synopsis: In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags back to their village.
Country of Origin: France - Tunisia
TRT: 17 Minutes
Language: Arabic

Director: Marshall Curry
Synopsis: It tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 20 Minutes
Language: English

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Directors: Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
Synopsis: SARIA explores the unimaginable hardships faced by young female orphans at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala, leading up to the tragic fire which claimed 41 of their lives in 2017.
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 23 Minutes
Language: Spanish

Director: Delphine Girard
Synopsis: A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by, she must make the most important phone call of her life
Country of Origin: Belgiu
TRT: 16 Minutes
Language: French


Directors: Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Synopsis: 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
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 28 Minutes
Language: Korean


Directors: Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreichev
Synopsis: Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl) is the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write-and skateboard-in Kabul.
Country of Origin: UK
TRT: 39 Minutes
Language: Dari

Directors: John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
Synopsis: In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life's uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.
Country of Origin: Sweden | USA
TRT: 39 Minutes
Language: English

Directors: Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
Synopsis: Bruce Franks Jr. is a 34-year-old battle rapper, Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, Missouri. Known as Superman to his constituents, he is a political figure the likes of which you've never seen - full of contradictions and deep insights, who has overcome unspeakable loss to become one of the most exciting and unapologetic young leaders in the country.
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 28 Minutes
Language: English

Directors: Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt
Synopsis: 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.
Country of Origin: USA
TRT: 20 Minutes
Language: English, Mandarin

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