Short of the Week

Oscar Short Film Nominees 2014

News / January 16, 2014

The nominations are in! An interesting crop of films this year, especially because there are  a few we’re unfamiliar with. Though, it’s great to see Short of the Week fav Anders Walter finally get his due this go-around.

Unfortunately, apart from Feral which you can purchase via Vimeo on-demand, none of these films are available online  yet (boo!) But, click the images to view the trailer (if available). Within the coming weeks prior to the big day, all the shorts will be available for purhase via iTunes and Amazon instant video. They also will be shown in limited release in select markets (i.e. major cities). To stay up to date on when and where you can watch these short films, click here. And, if and when they do become available, be sure to make your voice heard and vote in the polls below.

* Update: Winners announced here

Animated Short Film Nominees

Feral (dir: Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden)

Get a Horse! (dir: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim)

Mr. Hublot (dir: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares)

Possessions (dir: Shuhei Morita)

Room on the Broom (dir: Max Lang and Jan Lachauer)

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Live-Action Short Film Nominees

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) (dir: Esteban Crespo)

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (dir: Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras)

Helium (dir: Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson)

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (dir: Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari)

The Voorman Problem (dir: Mark Gill and Baldwin Li)

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Documentary Short Film Nominees

CaveDigger (dir: Jeffrey Karoff)

Facing Fear (dir: Jason Cohen)

Karama Has No Walls (dir: Sara Ishaq)

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (dir: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed)

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (dir: Edgar Barens)

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  • Andrew S Allen

    I must admit, it’s a bit of an obscure list of nominees for me this year, as I don’t recognize many of them. And I can’t help but envision the many great shorts cut out of the action.

    It’s interesting to see that 8 of the 10 live-action and animated shorts had multiple directors!

  • the Rachel

    I found Room on the Broom at

  • Scott

    Light fluff. Highly unlikely that Broom will win.

  • Furrywill

    I was surprised that Gloria Victoria wasn’t nominated. It was on the short list and I saw it at an Academy screening in 3D during the narrowing down process and it was really spectacular…not really my cup of tea artistically, but definitely deserving recognition though I think it would suffer in 2D. I was also surprised that “Kush” wasn’t nominated. I thought it superior to It Wasn’t Me which often felt as though it was trying too hard.

  • kung_fuelvis

    The wonderful ‘Feral’ from Daniel Sousa is now available on Vimeo on Demand – well worth viewing at such a cheap price –

  • gfc

    safelink the movie was submitted for doc. it was lost and resubmitted. lets contact and make sure it gets in error support your vet fam artists

  • Wheil Bill Robbins

    I wish there was a way the public could see these films

  • Eduardo

    It’s a shame that you can’t find the shorts to rent online. Every year the same story…

  • Eduardo

    It’s a shame that you can’t find the shorts to rent online. Every year the same story…

  • Anonymous

    While Feral’s artistry and technique were beautiful, I found it’s basic structure and focus as a film was a bit haphazard. Kinda fell apart in the second half. ‘Mr. Hublot’ by a touch over “Room on a Broom” And while I found ‘Helium’ quite sweet and touching, it paled in comparison to the outstandingly crafted “Avant Que de Tout Perdre”

  • Opie

    I don’t know why Helium is getting so much press. It’s fine but others are much stronger, with more dynamic narratives. By far, the most compelling, complete and thrilling choice is “Just Before Losing Everything.” The edge-of-your-seat starts from the very second it begins.

  • Ivan Kander

    Agreed. “Just Before Losing Everything” is the standout. I wish the ending was stronger, but still the tension is quite impressive.

  • Andrew S Allen

    Winners announced here:

    Spot on with the voting—only off on the animated category by 1%.

  • Anne Ostapiej

    But a great book! Loved reading it to my K-3rd library visitors.