• All Wichita Public Library locations will be closed Monday, February 18.

Academy Award Shorts

2019 marks the 33rd 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

    • After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius' family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.

    • Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? End Game probes these questions and more as it follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death.

    • Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night.

    • In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from history. A Night at the Garden transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America.

    • In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. Period. End of Sentence tells their story.

    • Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the U.K. today.

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

    • An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.

    • A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago.

    • A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

    • Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

    • An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.

    • 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 vivid, but fragmented memories.

    • Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

    • Weekends is the story of 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 1980s Toronto.

Park and Ride

On Saturday, February 16 and Saturday, February 23, Wichita Transit will offer shuttle service to the Advanced Learning Library from the parking lot between the Wichita Art Museum and the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Shuttles will run between 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Map highlighting the parking lot

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