Three programs featuring the Academy Award Nominated animated, live action, and documentary short films.
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Three programs featuring the Academy Award Nominated animated, live action, and documentary short films.


Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

The Oscar Shorts will be divided into four separate program: Live Action, Animation, Documentary A, and Documentary B. Separate admission is charged for each program. A festival pass, good for admission to all four programs, will be available at the Ross Box Office ($15 General Admission / $12.50 Seniors, Military / $10 Students, Members, Children).

Closed captioning available for the Live Action and Documentary programs only. 


(99 minutes) / Suggested rating: R
Saturday, February 10 - 7:15 p.m.
Monday, February 12 - 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14 - 4:45 p.m.
Friday, February 16 - 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 - 4:55 p.m.
Sunday, February 18 - 2:35 p.m.
Monday, February 19 - 4:55 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 - 4:55 p.m.

(dir. Reed Van Dyk, USA/20MINS/2017)
Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

(dir. Chris Overton, UK/20MINS/2017)
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.

(dir. Kevin Wilson, JR., USA/20MINS/2017)
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.

(dir. Derin Seale, AUSTRALIA/13MINS/2016)
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.

(dir. Katja Benrath, GERMANY, KENYA/23MINS/2017)
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.


(83 minutes) / Suggested rating: PG
Friday, February 9 - 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 - 9:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13 - 9:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 15 - 7:15 p.m.
Friday, February 16 - 4:55 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 - 2:35 p.m.
Sunday, February 18 - 12:15, 9:35 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20 - 4:55 p.m.
Thursday, February 22 - 4:55 p.m.

(dirs. Glen Keane, USA/5MINS/2017)
Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary 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. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.

(dir. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, FRANCE/6MINS/2017)
My dad taught me how to pack.

(dir. Dave Mullins, USA/7MINS/2017)
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.

(dir. Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK/29MINS/2016)
REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, REVOLTING RHYMES was directed by Oscar nominees Jakob Schuh (“THE GRUFFALO”) and Jan Lachauer (“ROOM ON THE BROOM”), co-directed by Bin-Han To and produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose (“THE GRUFFALO,” “ROOM ON THE BROOM,” “CHICO” and “RITA”). The animation was created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.

(dir. Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro, FRANCE/7MINS/2016)
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

with additional animated shorts:
LOST PROPERTY OFFICE (Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 minutes)


(102 minutes) / Suggested rating: R
Saturday, February 10 - 9:45 p.m.
Monday, February 12 - 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14 - 9:45 p.m.
Friday, February 16 - 9:35 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 - 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 18  - 4:55 p.m.
Monday, February 19 - 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 - 7:15 p.m.

(dir. Kate Davis, USA/31MINS/2018)
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

(dir. Laura Checkoway, USA/29MINS/2017)
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.

(dir. Frank Stiefel, USA/40MINS/2017)
This is a portrait of a brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles’ top galleries. Her body of raw, emotional work reveals a lifetime of depression and mental disorder. 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-mache’ 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.


(82 minutes) / Suggested rating: R
Sunday, February 11 - 4:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13 - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 15 - 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 - 12:15, 9:35 p.m.
Sunday, February 18 - 7:15 p.m.
Monday, February 19 - 9:35 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 - 9:35 p.m.

(dir. Elaine McMillion Sheldon, USA/39MINS/2017)
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. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs -- one of hope. Sheldon highlights three women working to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. Fire Chief Jan Rader spends the majority of her days reviving those who have overdosed; Judge Patricia Keller presides over drug court, handing down empathy along with orders; and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry feeds meals to the women selling their bodies for drugs. As America’s opioid crisis threatens to tear communities apart, the Netflix original short documentary HEROIN(E) shows how the chain of compassion holds one town together.

(dir. Thomas Lennon, USA/40MINS/2017)
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?

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Feb 9 through Feb 22

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Many of the films shown at The Ross are not rated due to the prohibitive cost of acquiring a rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Consequently, as many of these films contain graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.

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