Academy Award® Nominated Short Films - Live Action

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  • Asad

    Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
    18 minutes

    A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land



  • Buzkashi Boys

    Sam French and Ariel Nasr
    28 minutes

    Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth. Shot on location in Kabul city by an alliance of Afghan and international film makers, Buzkashi Boys is a look at the life that continues beyond the headlines of war in Afghanistan. 


  • Curfew

    Shawn Christensen
    19 minutes

    At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. 


  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

    Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
    20 minutes

    Soldier Nathan died during World War I. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10,000 captured shadows. Is it love that guides him, as his purpose is to meet Sarah again, the woman he fell in love with before he died. But then he discoveres that she's already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushed him towards a bitter decision, not without consequences. 


  • Henry

    Yan England
    21 minutes

    Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil that day the love of his life, Maria, disappears mysteriously. He'll then discover the inevitable verdict of life.