Updated 1/10/2019 with new links. Currently a whopping 22 out of 30 of these films are streaming!
Short of the Week was started in America, and even though half of our team is based internationally, we have a chauvinistic attachment to the States, and thus, the Oscars, in a way we don’t necessarily have for, say, France’s César Awards. Besides, the Oscars are just bigger—3 winning short filmmakers will get on stage in February in front of a global audience of hundreds of millions, and even the nominees will have an opportunity to participate in theatrical screenings that rake in millions of dollars at the box office. So, an Oscar nomination is special, and yesterday 30 short films took the next step towards a golden statuette by making the shortlist. You can see a list of the films here, but in this post we’re going to specifically highlight the films that we’re rooting for, the films and filmmakers we’ve featured on the site! 10 in total, check them out, as well as links to 12 other films. Some of these films will be dropping off the internet soon however, so act fast!
The short form Documentary category has become the most predictable, dominated as it is by big media company acquisitions. Still, very happy for filmmakers Charlie Tyrell (NyTimes Op/Docs) and Ed Perkins (The Guardian) who’ve both been featured twice on this site. Other films to watch:
Night At the Garden – Streaming on Vimeo.
Lifeboat – Streaming on YouTube via The New Yorker (US-Only)
Zion – Streaming on Netflix (you can read about my esteem for Zion here)
End Game – Streaming on Netflix
’63 Boycott – Streaming via PBS (US-Only) through Jan. 14th
Los Comandos – Streaming via PBS (US-Only)
Animation can be the most frustrating category for knowledgeable observers, but now that 6 of the 10 films on the shortlist are S/W featured picks it’s hard to complain. Additionally all 10 of the shortlist films are available to stream for free for a limited time — catch them quick though, Weekends comes offline Jan 14th, and others could be quick to follow.
Age of Sail – Streaming on Vimeo
Bilby – Streaming on YouTube
Bird Karma – Streaming on YouTube
Animal Behaviour – Streaming on YouTube
No one really knows how or why live-action shorts progress in the Oscar-running, it’s easily the most befuddling of the categories, but two of our picks make it the shortlist, and they are two great ones—both likely to figure into our own Best of the 2018 awards. If you haven’t seen them yet, rectify that now! Additionally two other Live-Action shorts recently dropped online. Links below, but again be quick—Chochotage we know for certain will be disappearing after the 14th.
Icare – Streaming on Vimeo
Chuchotage – Streaming on Vimeo (until Jan. 14th)