THURSDAY, MAY 13 / 11 AM – 7 PM

2019 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Animated Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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


Running Time: 55 minutes

Thursday, February 21 / 6:30 pm

Friday, February 22 / 6:30 pm (repeat of 2/21 films)


  • Animal Behaviour

    animal behaviour

    Director Alison Snowden and David Fine, Canada
    14 minutes

    Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In 'Animal Behaviour', five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

  • Bao


    Director Domee Shi, USA
    8 minutes

    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.

  • Late Afternoon

    late afternoon

    Director Louise Bagnall, Ireland
    10 minutes

    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.

  • One Small Step

    one small step

    Director Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, USA & China
    8 minutes

    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. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

  • Weekends


    Director Trevor Jimenez, USA
    15 minutes

    Weekends' is 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.

entirely unexpected