After so many delays, the 2021 Oscar Nominations are finally in. Unfortunately unlike last year, with the turbulent and unprecedented year we had, and the rise of short-form content on streaming services, most of the films are still not available freely online. Fortunately there are some great ones available on your favourite streaming services like Disney+ and Netflix.

Animated Short Film Nominees


Burrow

by Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat
(United States)

A young rabbit tries to build the burrow of her dreams, becoming embarrassed each time she accidentally digs into a neighbor’s home.

Watch it on Disney +

Genius Loci

by Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise
(France)

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like a sort of guide.


‘Genius Loci’ is still enjoying a festival run so the film is not online yet.


If Anything Happens I Love You

by Will McCormack and Michael Govier
(United States)

Grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child in the aftermath of a tragic school shooting.

Watch it on Netflix

Opera

by Erick Oh
(United States)

Our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity


‘Opera’ is still enjoying a festival run so the film is not online yet.


Yes People

by Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson
(Iceland)

One morning an eclectic mix of people faces the everyday battle – such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.

‘Yes People’ is still enjoying a festival run so the film is not online yet.


Live-Action Short Film Nominees


Feeling Through

by Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski
(United States)

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man. FEELING THROUGH is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor.

‘Feeling Through’ is still enjoying a festival run so the film is not online yet.


The Letter Room

by Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan
(United States)

When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner’s deeply private life.

Watch it on Vimeo on Demand

The Present

by Farah Nabulsi
(United Kingdom)

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?


‘The Present’ is still enjoying a festival run so the film is not online yet.


Two Distant Strangers

by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
(United States)

Cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.


Watch it on Netflix

White Eye

by Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman
(Israel)

A man finds his stolen bicycle and it now belongs to a stranger. In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.

Watch it on T-Port