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The Oscar Short Film Festival

February 10 - February 27

2017 Oscar Shorts poster 11X17 with DOCS

“There are 15 Oscar-nominated movies quietly soliciting your attention . . . The short-film nominees are often unsung awards-season highlights, too easily overlooked except for office-pool balloting purposes. The shorts display a cosmopolitan breadth and a stylistic variety that the other categories often lack. The animated nominees include handmade as well as digital productions, and dark, adult themes as well as child-friendly charm and whimsy. The live action and documentary candidates tackle painful real-world material with compassion, courage and imagination.” –The New York Times Feb 8, 2017

Beginning Feb 10th, for three consecutive weekends, we are screening the 15 Oscar nominees for Best Short Film. As usual, this year’s assortment of Animated, Live Action and Documentary short Oscar contenders is a celebration of intimate, personal storytelling. Every filmmaker leaves his or her fingerprints on the material, making it a rich collection of stories, all of which have something profound to say, whether big and bold or small and modest.

Each individual program is $7 but for $10 you can buy an Oscar Pass admitting you to all three (on different nights, on different weekends). Please note: the Oscar Pass is not the same as a BCT pass (see below). It can be used for all screenings on campus and at Bear’s Place. It cannot be used at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Admission is free for children 6 and under.

♦ On Sunday, Feb 19th, the Live Action and Animation programs will be screened at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. The Animation films will start at 2pm and again at 6:15. The Live Action films will begin at 3:45. Tickets for the screenings at the BCT on the 19th can be purchased at the BCT box office or online in advance. One program would be $7, a BCT Pass for both would be $10. Tickets at the door would be $8.50 and $12.50 respectively. Please note: a BCT Pass can be used on campus and at Bear’s Place. So for example, if you buy a pass at the BCT and want to see the Documentary nominees the following weekend at Fine Arts, bring your BCT ticket and admission will be free. Admission is free for children 6 and under.


At the screenings you can vote for your favorite film (or the film that you think will win the Oscar) – pick the eventual winner and  you will win a complimentary ticket to another Ryder film and be entered into a contest for Dinner for Two.


ANIMATION SHORTS (Running Time: 86 minutes)  the animation program  features eight films: the 5 nominees as well as 3 “bonus” animation films that were short-listed for a nomination. The first seven of these are appropriate for children of all ages – the eighth may not be. Click here for descriptions of the five nominees.

LIVE-ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 132 minutes) Click here for descriptions of the five nominees

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM A (Running time: 72 min minutes)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM B (Running time: 82 minutes)

Click here for descriptions of the five nominees

presented in part by the  LOTUS EDUCATION AND ARTS FOUNDATION  and by the  BLOOMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presenting “Scene Change: Music of Latin America” on March 4 at the BCT




Fri, Feb 24
Animation  6:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Live Action 8:15 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Documentary I 7:15 @ IU Woodburn
Documentary II 8:40 @ IU Woodburn
Sat, Feb 25
Animation  2:30 and 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Live Action 4:10 and 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Documentary  I 3pm @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Documentary II 4:20 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Documentary I 7:30 @ IU Woodburn
Documentary II 8:50 @ IU Woodburn
Sun, Feb 26
Animation  2pm @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Live Action 3:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Documentary  I 5:30 @ Bear’s Place
Documentary  II 7pm @ Bear’s Place
Banana Land 3pm @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs




February 10
February 27