2024 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

  • 2 elderly Asian women smile as one holds the other around the shoulder
  • A middle-aged black man with glasses and a short sleeve shirt addresses someone out of frame.


For the 19th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 10th.

Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó
USA/17 MINS/2023

Director: Sean Wang and Sam Davis.
Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away. From the director of this year’s Sundance breakout hit, DIDI.  Trailer

The Barber of Little Rock
USA/35 MINS/2023

Director: John Hoffman and Christine Turner
The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded. Trailer

Island in Between

Director: S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien.
From Taiwan’s frontline amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker S. Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life with his own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the US. ISLAND IN BETWEEN explores the uneasy peace in Taiwan, and contemplates its uncertain future.  Trailer

The ABCs of Book Banning
USA/27 MINS/2023

Director: Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic.
Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the U.S. THE ABCS OF BOOK BANNING follows the human toll the future will pay for depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world. Interviews with children and authors shed light on this ongoing dangerous precedent. Trailer

The Last Repair Shop
USA/39 MINS/2023

Director; Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot
Tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music. It is also a reminder of how music can be the best medicine, stress reliever and even an escape from poverty. Trailer

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