Academy Award Shorts

2018 marks the 32nd year the Wichita Public Library will screen Academy Award-nominated short films, free and open to the public. Wichita is one of the first cities in the nation to provide a way for its community to see these films nominated in the animation, live action and documentary categories.

To qualify as a short subject for Academy Award consideration, films must be no more than 40 minutes in running time (including all credits). Shorts are typically not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. Some nominated films may not be available for screening due to rights limitations.

This Year's Nominees by Category

    • Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

    • Mindy Alper has suffered through electro shock therapy, multiple commitments to mental institutions and a 10-year period without speech. Her only consistent means of communicating has been to channel her hyper self-awareness into drawings and sculpture of powerful psychological clarity that eloquently express her emotional state. Through an examination of her work, interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mach√© bust of her beloved psychiatrist, we learn how she has emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support.

    • Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America's modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. Heroin(e) shows a different side of the fight against drugs: one of hope. It highlights three women working to change the town's narrative: Fire Chief Jan Rader, Judge Patricia Keller, and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry.

    • What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?

    • Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer.

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

    • 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.

    • 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 Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf 4-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.

    • 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 December 2015 when Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

    • Former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant collaborated with animator Glen Keane and composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant's NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    • In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

    • When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the "Lost and Found" box.

    • A stop motion short film adapted from Ron Koertge's poem of the same name, Negative Space shows a boy connecting with his father by learning to pack a suitcase.

    • Based on the book Revolting Rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, this interweaves Dahl's retellings of classic fairytales with playful twists and surprise endings.

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