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2022 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Opens on February 25

Run Time: 160 min. Release Year: 2022

This shorts program contains adult themes and is not suitable for children.

As part of Awards Season at the Film Center each year, we are thrilled to present the Academy Award-nominated shorts program featuring the year’s most spectacular Animated, Documentary, and Live Action short films.

From 82 total qualifying films, these five are nominees for the Documentary Short Subject category of the 94th Academy Awards.

Documentary Short Film – The Nominees



Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean

Football player Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his Maryland School for the Deaf teammates attempt to defend their winning streak while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend.

Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 39 min

When We Were Bullies

Jay Rosenblatt

A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth grade class and fifth grade teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.

Country: United States, Germany
Language: English
Runtime: 36 min

Three Songs for Benazir

Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei

Newly married and living in a displacement camp in Kabul, Shaista struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. Sheds light on the experience of modern-day Afghans who live, love, and seek space for themselves amid constant instability.

Country: Afghanistan
Language: Pashtu, Dari
Runtime: 22 min

Lead Me Home

Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk

500,000 Americans experience homelessness every night. This immersive, cinematic film tells the real-life stories of those going through it as a first step toward challenging uninformed attitudes and outmoded policies and gives the audience a rare, in-depth look at the scale, scope and diversity of unsheltered America today.

Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 39 min

The Queen of Basketball

Ben Proudfoot

She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women’s Olympic basketball at the ‘76 Olympics. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lusia Harris?

Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 22 min

More 2022 Awards Season See our upcoming films
Ohio Arts Council
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Campus Partners
National Endowment for the Arts
G&J Pepsi
WOSU Public Media


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