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The 2021 Oscar Shorts Arrive at the Detroit Film Theatre

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CultureShift on 101.9 WDET– –FM gives you a front row seat for the latest movies that are in Detroit Film Theater (DFT).

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Since 1974 DFT director Elliot Wilhelm curated the films shown in this historic theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts. During the COVID-19 pandemic that DFT has continued to bring contemporary and classic world cinema from around the world to customers virtually through its website.

Now in play: the short films nominated with the Oscar 2021

The short films nominated for the Oscar 2021 can be viewed at home this year on the website DFT. You can use your cinematic skills to predict the winners before the Oscars® air ABC on the evening of April 25th.

If you’re looking through the shorts this year TOMORROW‘s link – which is currently active for ticketing and advertising and will remain active through April 25th – will go directly to support a significant portion of the ticket revenue DFTThis enables their staff to reopen their historic 1,100-seat theater for regular public performances year-round as soon as they can safely do so. Tickets are available here. The full list for this year can be found below. Scroll down to watch the official trailer.

Elliot Wilhelm, director of the Detroit Film Theater, contributed to this web post.

Animated shorts (94 minutes)

  • Burrow – Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (United States6 min.)
  • Genius Loci – Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)
  • When something happens I love you – Will McCormack and Michael Govier (United States12 min.)
  • Opera – Erick Oh (United States9 min.)
  • Yes people – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)
  • Plus a selection of additional animated short films from the shortlist:
    • The snail and the whale (United Kingdom/ Germany, 26 min.)
    • Capacity (United States7 min.)
    • To: Gerard (United States8 min.)

Live Action Shorts (125 minutes)

  • Feel through – Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (United States19 min.)
  • The letter room – Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (United States33 min.)
  • The present – Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)
  • Two Distant Strangers – Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (United States25 min.)
  • White Eye – Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)

Documentaries (118 minutes)

  • Colette – Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard (France / Germany /United States24 min.)
  • A concert is a conversation – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (United States13 min.)
  • Don’t share – Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook (United States/ Norway, 20 min.)
  • Hunger Ward – Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman (United States40 min.)
  • A love song for Latasha – Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan (United States18 min.)

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