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How to watch some of the 2024 Oscar-nominated shorts online

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If you are lucky enough and live near the right theater chain, you can see some of the Oscar-nominated short films at special screenings before the big night. But did you know that some are available streaming online right now? Short films, whether animated, narrative, or documentary, often get the short-shrift as they are not often screened theatrically, and can be really hard to find streaming. But oh, these films can be so worth seeing. Do yourself a favor and try to catch some of these gems when you can find them.

Films marked with a ➤ mean you can watch the full movie online now, either for free or on a streaming service!

(Note that many of the films have links to rent on-demand from the trailers… Throw indie filmmakers some $ if you can!)

Best Animated Short Film

Our Uniform
Our Uniform

Letter to a Pig (trailer) – A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life. A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and sinks into an inner dark journey, where she confronts questions of identity… (Film by Tal Kantor)

Ninety-Five Senses (full film streaming FREE on Documentary+) – Narrated by Tim Blake Nelson, this is an ode to the body’s five senses delivered by a man with little time left to enjoy them. (Film by Jared and Jerusha Hess)

Our Uniform (trailer) – An Iranian girl unfolds her school memories through the wrinkles and fabrics of her old uniform. She admits that she’s nothing but a “female” and explores the roots of this idea in her school years. (Film by Yegane Moghaddam)

Pachyderme (trailer) – Like every summer, Louise goes to her grandparents for a few days of vacation in the countryside. Everything seems as sweet as grandma’s strawberry pies. But this year, it will snow in the middle of summer and a monster will die. (Film by Stéphanie Clément)

WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko (trailer) – An anti-war story set in an alternate WWI reality, this film features John & Yoko’s iconic anti-war holiday song ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over), (Film by Sean Lennon and Dave Mullins)

Best Live Action Short Film

Invincible
Invincible

The After (full film streaming on Netflix) – After witnessing a violent crime, a shattered rideshare driver (David Oyelowo) picks up a passenger who forces him to confront his grief. (Film by Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham)

Invincible (trailer) – Inspired by a true story, Invincible recounts the last 48 hours in the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a 14-year-old boy on a desperate quest for freedom. (Film by Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron)

Knight of Fortune (trailer) – The loss of a loved one, the grief, the risk of yellow skin, and a coffin, this is too much for Karl to face. It is much easier to fix a broken lamp. A chance encounter with a stranger will help him face his pain. (Film by Lasse Lyskjær Noer)

Red, White and Blue (trailer) – Rachel (Brittany Snow) is a single parent living paycheck to paycheck. When an unexpected pregnancy threatens to unravel her already precarious position, she’s forced to cross state lines in search of an abortion. (Film by Nazrin Choudhury)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (full film streaming on Netflix) – An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved story about a rich man who sets out to master an extraordinary skill to cheat at gambling, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, and Dev Patel. (Film by Wes Anderson)

Best Documentary Short

The Last Repair Shop
The Last Repair Shop

The ABCs of Book Banning (full film streaming on Paramount+) – Centenarian, Grace Linn, confronts a Florida School Board, opposing book banning in local schools. Children express disappointment over losing access to vital titles on LGBTQ and racial issues, wars, and the realities of growing up. (Film by Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic)

The Barber of Little Rock (full film streaming FREE at the New Yorker) – Explores America’s racial wealth gap through the story of barber Arlo Washington, who founded People Trust. (Film by John Hoffman and Christine Turner)

Island in Between (full film streaming FREE on New York Times) – S. Leo Chiang reflects on his relationship with Taiwan, the United States and China from the islands of Kinmen, just a few miles from mainland China. (Film by S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien)

The Last Repair Shop (full film streaming on Disney+) –  Los Angeles is one of the last American cities to provide free and freely repaired musical instruments to its public schoolchildren, a continuous service since 1959. (Film by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers)

Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (full film streaming on Disney+) – A filmmaker’s love letter to his grandmas, who spend their twilight years dancing, stretching, and farting their sorrows away. (Film by Sean Wang and Sam Davis)

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