2021 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Run Time: 99 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2021

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Screening as part of Awards Season Weekend at the Center.  Passes include reserved seating at all in person screenings and the watch party for the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25.

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Each year, the Film Center is thrilled to present the Academy Award-nominated shorts program featuring the year’s most spectacular short films.

From 96 total qualifying films, these five received nominations in the Animated Short Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Animated Short Film Program

The Nominees



Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

A young rabbit tries to build the burrow of her dreams, becoming embarrassed each time she accidentally digs into a neighbor’s home.

Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 6 min

Genius Loci

Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees the urban chaos as a mystical oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.

Country: France
Language: French
Runtime: 16 min


Erick Oh

The history, structures and rhythms of human history are seen through a glorious, massive pyramid.

Country: South Korea, USA
Language: English
Runtime: 9 min

If Anything Happens I Love You

Will McCormack and Michael Govier

In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.

Country: USA
Language: None
Runtime: 12 min


Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

One morning an eclectic mix of people faces the everyday battle – such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.

Country: Iceland
Language: Icelandic
Runtime: 8 min

Selections from the Shortlist



Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts to Hawaii and imbued their powers in four giant boulders. The stones still stand on Waikiki Beach, but their true story has been hidden – until now.

Country: USA
Language: Hawaiian
Runtime: 8 min

The Snail and the Whale

Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon, Suzanne Lang

A tiny snail goes on an amazing journey by hitching a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale.

Country: United Kingdom, Germany
Language: English
Runtime: 26 min

To: Gerard

Taylor Meacham

A sprightly elderly man brightens the day of a little girl through magic.

Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 7 min

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