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Academy Award® Shorts Film Festival

2020 marks the 34th year the Wichita Public Library will screen Academy Award-nominated short films, free and open to the public. Wichita is one of the first cities in the nation to provide a way for its community to see these films nominated in the animation, live action and documentary categories and the only city to offer such a program free of charge.

To qualify as a short subject for Academy Award consideration, films must be no more than 40 minutes in running time (including all credits). Some shorts are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences.

This Year's Nominees by Category

    • An unflinching look at the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. Employing extensive archival material and in-depth historical research, telling the story of the ferry that capsized and sank in the Yellow Sea on 16 April 2014, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students on a field trip. Visual and audio material gathered at the time is integrated with new footage to create what is both a compelling narrative and a valuable historical document.

    • In Afghanistan, there are limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything, as they start to learn how to read, write - and even skateboard - in Kabul.

    • The story of two traumatized children of the refugee diaspora in Sweden, who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into life-threatening, coma-like state called Resignation Syndrome.

    • Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.

    • Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Six years later they reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time – on the dance floor.

    • A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life.

    • Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.

    • Two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears and is carrying bags full of a white powder on its back.

    • Saria, 12, and her sister Ximena, devise a daring plan to escape horrendous abuse in the orphanage that houses them.

    • Alli is a mother of young children, frustrated with her daily routine and husband. But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers she can see into their apartment.

    • In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.

    • It's up to Daddy to give his daughter, Zuri, an extra-special hairstyle in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.

    • Kitbull reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pitbull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.

    • The world appears to be changing for Louis, a painter, and his wife Michelle. In fact, recently all sorts of strange things have been happening to them.

    • A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?

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