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2019 Short Film Oscar Nominees and Where to Watch Them

The shortlists have been narrowed down to Nominees! Here are your 2019 Short Film Oscar Nominees, and where they can be watched.

— Short Film – Animation Nominees —

Animal Behaviour

by Alison Snowden and David Fine

Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals.

In Animal Behaviour, the 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.

Where to watch it:

The NFB is often very restrictive with releasing its films online, but you can catch ‘Animal Behaviour’ free on between Feb. 11 and 24.


by Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb – Pixar

In Disney•Pixar’s Bao, a Chinese mom who’s sad when her grown son leaves home 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, and Mom must face the bittersweet truth that nothing stays cute and small forever.

Where to watch it:

BAO was available to watch for free online back in December, but has since then been removed. You can watch it on iTunes.

Late Afternoon

by Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco

Young Sanjay, a first-generation Indian-American, is obsessed with television, cartoons and his superhero action figures. He is reluctant to spend time in daily prayers with his devout Hindu father, but a flight of imagination helps him develop a new perspective that he and his father can both embrace.

Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her fragmented memories.

Written and directed by Louise Bagnall, produced by Cartoon Saloon, Late Afternoon has won Best Animated Short at Tribeca Film Festival and has screened at more than 80 festivals worldwide. The film has been shortlisted for the Best Animation Short category at the 2019 Oscars.
The film was funded through the Frameworks short film scheme supported by Screen Ireland and RTÉ.

Where to watch it:

Late Afternoon is available online! You can watch it right here!

One Small Step

by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Where to watch it:

One Small Step is available online! You can watch it right here!


by Trevor Jimenez

“Weekends” is a film about a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

Where to watch it:

The trailer can be seen here.

— Short Film – Live Action Nominees —


by Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon

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.

Where to watch it:

The trailer + 3 scenes are available online.


by Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Fauve // Films de chez nous

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Where to watch it:

Watch Fauve right here on Film Shortage with an interview with the director!


by Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset

An elderly lady and her nurse strike up a friendship. Unavowed memories from the past suddenly reappear…

Where to watch it:

The trailer can be seen here.


by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado

While at home in her apartment with her own mother in Spain, a woman gets a phone call from her six-year-old son, who’s on holiday in France with his father. Every parent’s nightmare ensues.

Where to watch it:

The trailer can be seen here.


by Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.

Where to watch it:

The full film can be seen here.

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