Oscar Live Action Shorts (2018)

2018 Festival

Sun, Feb 25 @ 7:30pm - GPLT

Presented by Q99 and the Prairie Mall, this 99-minute package includes the 5 films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. It’s rated 14A (Coarse Language, Violence). Two films have English subtitles (The Silent Child and Watu Wote/All of Us) for dialogue in British Sign Language and Swahili/Somali respectively.

PRIZES! Dress up in your glitziest gown or finest tux for a chance to win a $50 Prairie Mall gift card for Best Red Carpet Finery. Test your Oscar-predicting abilities! If you’re the first person whose ballot is drawn that correctly predicts the Oscar winner on March 4th, you’ll win a prize package worth $154 (4 Reel Shorts ticket vouchers, 2 Cineplex Events tickets, and a $50 Prairie Mall gift card. If your ballots are the first to correctly predict the Animated Oscar winner AND the Live Action Oscar winner on March 4th, you’ll win the grand prize package worth $274 (2 Reel Shorts fest passes, 2 Cineplex Events tickets, and $100 in Prairie Mall gift cards.

Films in this package

DeKalb Elementary

A secretary becomes the sole contact between a gunman and the police in this tense drama inspired by a 911 call during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the director’s graduation film in the UCLA MFA program in Film Directing. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

The Silent Child

Profoundly deaf four-year-old Libby is expected to lip read to understand her hearing family, but it is not until Joanne, a fresh faced social worker, teaches Libby sign language that she learns to communicate. As their relationship blossoms, Libby’s mother begins to question whether Libby should be learning it at all. Nominated for an Academy…

My Nephew Emmett

In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew from two racists out for blood. Based on true events. This is the director’s pre-thesis film for the New York University’s Graduate Film Program. It won the Gold Medal for Narrative Film at the 2017 Student Academy Awards and is nominated for an Academy…

The Eleven O'Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other, the session gets out of control. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

Watu Wote - All of Us

In December 2015, a bus carrying Muslim and Christian passengers loses its police escort, leaving it vulnerable to a terrorist attack by the Al-Shabaab which has been targeting Kenya for almost a decade. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians has been growing, and a woman travelling alone fears what might happen…