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2018 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Live Action Program

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018

Register now to see the Academy Award® Nominated Live Action Films at the Des Moines Art Center! 


Running Time: 97 minutes

Thursday, February 15 / 6 pm

Sunday, February 18 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/15 films)


  • Dekalb Elementary


    Director Reed Van Dyk, USA
    20 minutes

    Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • My Nephew Emmett


    Director Kevin Wilson, JR., USA
    20 minutes

    In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on true events.

  • The Eleven O'Clock

    the eleven o'clock

    Director Derin Seale, Australia
    13 minutes

    The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

  • The Silent Child

    the silent child

    Director Chris Overton, UK
    20 minutes

    The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

  • Watu Wote / All of Us

    watu wote / all of us

    Director Katja Benrath, Germany & Kenyan
    23 minutes

    For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

entirely unexpected