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Poster for Wexner Center for the Arts Ohio Shorts 2020

Wexner Center for the Arts Ohio Shorts 2020

Coming on January 31

Run Time: 87 min. Rating: NR

Reserve your seats at the Ticket Center when you arrive.

The Wexner Center for the Arts annual Ohio Shorts program showcases Ohio’s rich and diverse filmmaking culture. Last year’s program, which was moved online due to the COVID shutdown, was viewed by about 3,000 viewers in over a dozen countries.

2021 marks Ohio Shorts’ 25th anniversary and the Wex has plans to present the program, which will be curated by Cincinnati-based artist Prentiss Haney, both online and in person. To learn more about the program or to enter, visit the Wexner Center for the Arts website here.

This is a presentation of the 2020 program.



John Wick

Filmmaker: Kieran Murphy
Runtime: 01:28
Division: Youth | Athens High School
Synopsis: In a challenging situation, John Wick tries to do the right thing.


Filmmakers: Joseph Branderhorst and Devin Lapp
Runtime: 02:03
Division: Youth | Olentangy Liberty High School
Synopsis: An alien is interviewing for an office job while trying to not let the interviewer find out that he’s an alien.


Filmmaker: Ross Jeffers and Sean Russell
Runtime: 04:38
Division: Youth | Rutherford B. Hayes High School
Synopsis: A man witnesses himself stuck in an amber of time.

The G.O.A.T.

Filmmaker: Keisha Martin
Runtime: 07:59
Division: Adult | Atwater, OH
Synopsis: Stuck in life, a maid named Terry jams through her work shifts (holding her head high and her music even higher) until an unforeseen force stops the music.

2020 Ohio Shorts Audience Choice Award Winner ($300)

blink of an eye

Filmmaker: Maya Sophia Neyman
Runtime: 02:01
Division: Youth | The Ohio State University
Synopsis: This film explores the idea of growing up too fast; the simplicity of youth goes by in the blink of an eye.

The loop

Filmmaker: Layla Ayoub
Runtime: 00:57
Division: Youth | Hilliard Davidson High School
Synopsis: This is an animation depicting the thoughts of a girl on a loop.

2020 Ohio Shorts Jury Award Winner ($500)


Filmmaker: Catalina Jordan Alvarez
Runtime: 14:28
Division: Adult | Yellow Springs, OH
Synopsis: Shrink-wrapped baby-doll toes, skillet-fried roaches, salvage-yard showdowns: MUÑE is an unhinged romp through rural Tennessee, the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

Love and Family

Filmmaker: Jolie Chen
Runtime: 01:53
Division: Youth | Olentangy Liberty High School
Synopsis: Asian dramas have become increasingly popular. I’ve decided to cash in on the trend.

Hou Yi and the Ten Sons

Filmmaker: Yunze “Jet” Ni
Runtime: 01:48
Division: Adult | Fuzhou, China/Columbus, OH
Synopsis: Hou Yi and the Ten Sons reinterprets a classic Chinese tale in the context of modern-day issues such as global warming and capitalism.

Omobinrin Mi (My Daughters)

Filmmakers: Claudia Owusu and Ife Oluwamuyide
Runtime: 13:46
Division: Adult | Columbus, OH
Synopsis: Modupe is the glue that holds her family together, but when times get tough, it takes the help of her daughters for her to come to terms with the truth.


Filmmakers: Hayden Milewsky and Simone Massis
Runtime: 03:39
Division: Youth | Rutherford B. Hayes High School
Synopsis: A man slowly becomes unhinged from himself and his reality.

Welcome to Violence!

Filmmaker: Ryan Wise
Runtime: 08:52
Division: Adult | Pataskala, OH
Synopsis: How does the soul react to abjection based on the physical attributes of its vessel? Occupy the subject position of a black male born at the turn of this century. (I made this when I was angry)


Filmmaker: Cora K. Hasegawa
Runtime: 07:17
Division: Adult | Oberlin, OH
Synopsis: My whole life I have always wondered who my grandmothers really were. Through conversations with my parents, I explore my grandmother’s lives and the losses that affected my family and shaped my personal and cultural identity.

In Praise of Angela

Filmmaker: Edit Jakab
Runtime: 14:54
Division: Adult | Athens, OH
Synopsis: A satirical ode to the Midwest that addresses existential issues (like the responsibility of parenthood, the pursuit of dreams, and whether we should take ourselves all that seriously) through humorous, ironic vignettes.

Sundance Institute has partnered with independent cinema communities across North America to bring Sundance Film Festival 2021 to new audiences. This edition of the Festival features local programming events that are free to view globally. Sign up for an account at to access.

The Film Center, and Columbus, were chosen as one of the 2021 Sundance satellite locations. Our local programming — talks, events, artist meet-ups — will be free to access online through our website.

For in-person film screenings at the Center, a limited number of All-Access Passes and single tickets are on sale now.

 See the full SFF21 Columbus lineup
Ohio Arts Council
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Campus Partners
G&J Pepsi
WOSU Public Media
Crabbe, Brown & James LLP
Art Makes Columbus
Art for Life
Film Columbus
WCBE 90.5 FM
Gene & Sheila Smith
Tom Rieland
Donna & Larry James
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