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Oscar Nominated Shorts


Saturday, February 8

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Oscar Nominated Shorts


Part of the Academy Awards

  • Date: February 8, 2020
  • Price: $10
    $5 student tickets, $25 package to see all Oscar Nominated Shorts
  • Rating: Documentary Shorts: R. The Documentary program deals with global political issues – the refugee crisis, the education of girls and women in Afghanistan, activism in Ferguson MO. Very strong doc program this year.

See all the 2020 nominees at Gorton before Oscars Night!

This is your chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!



Friday February 7th at 7:00pm

Saturday February 8th at 12:30pm

Sunday February 9th at 11:00am


For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9th.

Gorton is going BIG for Oscars weekend this year! On Sunday evening (after you have seen all the nominated short films) come join us at our FREE live stream of the Academy Awards Ceremony. There will be fun film trivia, a red carpet fashion contest and lots of classic Hollywood fun! For more information & to register for the event click here.






In the Absence is an unflinching look at the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. Employing extensive archival material and in-depth historical research, it tells the story of the Sewol, a ferry that capsized and sank in the Yellow Sea on 16 April 2014, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students on a field trip. Visual and audio material gathered at the time is integrated with new footage to create what is both a compelling narrative and a valuable historical document.

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USA / Duration: 29 mins
Directed by: Seung-jun Yi



In Afghanistan, there are limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything, as they start to learn how to read, write – and even skateboard – in Kabul.

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UK / Duration: 40 mins
Directed by: Carol Dysinger



The story of two traumatized children of the refugee diaspora in Sweden, who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into life-threatening, coma-like state called Resignation Syndrome.

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USA/ Duration: 37 mins
Directed by: John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson



Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.

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USA / Duration: 28 mins
Directed by: Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan



Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Six years later they reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time – on the dance floor.

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USA / Duration: 20 mins
Directed by: Laura Nix





Live Action Shorts | 10:00am-12:00pm | Purchase Tickets

Animated Shorts | 1:00pm-2:30pm | Purchase Tickets

Live Action Shorts | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Purchase Tickets

Documentary Shorts | 7:00pm-9:45pm | Purchase Tickets



Animated Shorts | 10:00am-11:30pm | Purchase Tickets

Documentary Shorts | 12:30pm-3:15pm | Purchase Tickets



Documentary Shorts | 11:00am-1:45pm | Purchase Tickets

Live Action Shorts | 2:30pm-4:30pm | Purchase Tickets

Oscars Ceremony Live Stream | 5:30-10:00pm | Free Admission


To purchase a package for all three shorts programs at $5 off click here.


Rating guidelines for each program:

Animated Shorts: PG-13. The themes tackled in this year’s Animated program are quite heavy – the death of a parent, Alzheimer’s, China’s one child policy, and more. The program overall is rather melancholy, and while there’s nothing especially objectionable within, most of these shorts will not appeal to children under 12, at all. The films are all very good, but adult audiences will appreciate them much more than kids.

Live Action Shorts: R. Thankfully a lot lighter than last year’s Live Action program! But it still deals with adult themes and issues, and is not for children.

Documentary Shorts: R. The Documentary program deals with global political issues – the refugee crisis, the education of girls and women in Afghanistan, activism in Ferguson MO. Very strong doc program this year.

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