Gorton Center - Lake Forest, IL - Oscar Nominated LIVE ACTION Shorts

Oscar Nominated LIVE ACTION Shorts

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Oscar Nominated LIVE ACTION Shorts

Tue, March 15, 2022
4:00 pm
- 6:00 pm

$5 – $25


Tue, March 15, 2022 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


$5 student ticket, $10 adult ticket, $25 package (admittance to one showing of each short)


Watch shorts trailers & learn more


Gorton Center – John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 E. Illinois Road Lake Forest, IL 60045

See all the 2022 nominees at Gorton before Oscars Night!

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

For the 17th 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 will take place Sunday, March. 27th.

Both 4 PM & 7 PM showings are available for purchase.

Rating equivalent of R for adult themes, violence, and language.


On My Mind

Henrik wants to sing a song for his wife. It has to be today, it has to be now. It’s a question of life, death, and karaoke.

Directed by Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson
Denmark | Duration: 18 min.

Please Hold

In the not-so-distant future, Mateo (20s, Latino) is arrested by a police drone without explanation. Finding himself locked in a fully automated jail with no means of recourse, Mateo realizes he’s fallen through some kind of crack in the system. To get out alive he’ll have to go head-to-head with the labyrinthine, computerized bureaucracy of the privatized American justice system, in search of an actual human being who can set things right.

Directed by K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse
USA | Duration: 19 min.

The Dress

Lust, sexuality, and physicality. These are the deepest desires virgin Julia suppresses while working at a wayside motel. That is until she crosses paths with a handsome truck driver, who soon becomes the object of her fantasies…

Directed by Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki
Poland | Duration: 30 min.


The Long Goodbye

Riz and his family are in the middle of preparing a wedding celebration when the events unfolding in the outside world arrive suddenly on their doorstep. The result is a devastating and visceral feat of filmmaking and a poignant poetic cry from the heart.

Directed by Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed
UK/Netherlands | Duration: 12 min.


Ala Kachuu – Take and Run

Sezim, 19 years old, wants to fulfill her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There, she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks a way out. 

Directed by Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger
Kyrgyzstan/Switzerland | Duration: 38 min.



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There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.


Tue, March 15, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$5 – $25
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Gorton Center – John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045 United States