Films for 2019

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Animal Behaviour

Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In this latest animated short from the Oscar-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2019…



A Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast. The ups and downs of the parent-child relationship are experienced through…


Two ten-year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 for Best Live Action Short.


Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

Late Afternoon

An elderly woman drifts through her memories, reliving moments in her life. She exists between two states, the past and the present, but struggles to connect them. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 for Best Animated Short.


A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a…


An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 for Best Live Action Short.

One Small Step

A young girl dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, she is inspired to reach for the stars with the support of her humble father. Won Best Short Film at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival among other awards.


In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 for Best Live Action Short.


With a sparrow as her guide, a toddler makes her first steps along a tightrope. As she grows up, her feet float above the tightrope when she’s happy. In times of darkness, she falters and almost falls, but Sparrow stays with her as the tightrope she walks seems to go on forever … Won Best…


This story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents has surreal dream-like moments mixed with the domestic realities of a broken-up family. Trevor Jimenez, a story artist at Pixar who grew up in Canada, wrote and directed this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto. It was produced through Pixar’s…

A pirate and his lovable monkey discover a treasure chest that will grant any wish … but only if the monkey makes the wish. How can the pirate get the monkey to wish for gold instead of bananas? Won Best Animation Film at the 2017 Breckenridge Festival of Film among other awards.