Oscar-Nominated Shorts 2021: Live-Action

Friday, April 2 - Friday, June 11, 2021

Presenting the 2021 films nominated for Best Animated Short at the 93rd Academy Awards. See all nominated films in Animation, Documentary and Live-Action in 2021 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films.

This year for the first time, IFC Center At Home is also offering online screenings of the Live-ActionAnimated, and Documentary Shorts Nominees. Individual programs are available for $12 each, or purchase a bundle to watch all three Animated, Live-Action and Documentary Shorts programs online for $30. (The option to purchase the bundle is available through any of the three programs’ ticketing links.) Please note that, due to the special nature of this program, we are not able to offer a member discount on tickets for online screenings; member discounts will be in effect for in-theater tickets.

This program is not suitable for children.

Each program is available to view for 72 hours after you begin streaming.

The Present – dir. Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min). On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?

Feeling Through – dir. Doug Roland (USA, 19 min). A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.

Two Distant Strangers– dirs. Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min). Cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.

White Eye – dir. Tomer Shushan (Israel, 21 min). A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

The Letter Room – dir. Elivira Lind (USA, 33 min). When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner’s deeply private life.

  • Year 2021
  • Running Time 130 minutes
  • Distributor Shorts International
  • Accessibility Closed Captioning, Assistive Listening, T-Coil

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and DoesTheDogDie.com as well as through general internet searches.