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ShortsTV brings this year’s short film Oscar nominations on BookMyShow stream

After the announcement of nominations for the 2021 Oscars last month, film enthusiasts in India can now watch this year’s Academy Award nominations for short films from the comfort of their homes.

ShortsTV, a global channel dedicated to short films, has collaborated with BookMyShow Stream, India’s homegrown transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) platform, to present these films exclusively to Indian audiences. The partnership will bring this year’s most spectacular short films under the Live Action and Animation category starting April 16.

This year, for the first time, the Oscar-nominated short films will have a virtual cinema release through BookMyShow Stream in India, allowing audiences to watch them before the Academy Awards ceremony on April 25. These films will be available as compilations under the Live Action and Animation category, and can be accessed on rent at a rate of Rs 149 per category.

Users will be able to pre-book these films on BookMyShow Stream from April 9. To learn more about how to rent these 2021 Oscar-nominated short film compilations, visit:

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“Last year’s Oscar-nominated short films were some of the last great movies many of our audiences saw in theatres before the pandemic. Now, as we emerge from these challenging times, we are thrilled to bring the joy of great cinema to our Indian audiences through the beloved Oscar-nominated short films releases, which will be available to audiences though the virtual release. We are providing them a medium to enjoy their favourite shorts even at the comfort of their home. This year’s films are breath-taking and compelling – our audiences are gonna love ‘em!” said Carter Pilcher, CEO and Founder, ShortsTV.

Tarun Sawhney, President, Asia, ShortsTV, added, “We are proud to be presenting the incredible Oscar-nominated short films exclusively to Indian audiences yet again this year. Short films have surged in popularity in India over the last couple of years and what is better than bringing Oscar-nominated shorts straight to your living room courtesy our partner BookMyShow Stream. Film buffs this year would be able to stream world’s best short film directly on their screen without the hassle of traveling to a theatre.”

Ashish Saksena, COO, Cinemas, BookMyShow, said, “BookMyShow Stream has successfully brought the magic of world cinema to the screens of Indian audiences with a thoughtfully curated content library from across the globe, making it the most diverse, richly curated TVOD platform at scale in India. On the back of compelling and long-term partnerships with global, local production houses, independent distributors and top film festivals globally, our aim has been to showcase the best of world cinema to millions of movie-lovers in the country. Our partnership with ShortsTV is a step forward in enriching this content experience for users, as we get ready to showcase this year’s spectacular line-up of Oscar-nominated short films and share the excitement around one of the most-awaited award cinema ceremonies in the world with millions of movie fans in the country.”

Coinciding with the theatrical and virtual releases, ShortsTV also launched “The ShortsTV Podcast Award Season” and is releasing weekly episodes leading up to the awards ceremony. Guests include Academy members, industry insiders, this year’s nominees, previous winners and more.

The podcast is currently available to stream on Spotify, Google Podcast and iTunes.

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced on March 15.

List of this year’s nominated short films below:

Animated Short Film Nominees
Genius Loci
Director: Adrien Merigeau

Synopsis: One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.

Country of Origin: France

TRT: 16 minutes

Language: French

If Anything Happens I Love You
Director: Michael Govier, Will McCormack

Synopsis: In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents’ journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 12 minutes

Language: English

Director: Erick Oh

Synopsis: “Opera” is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life.

Country of Origin: USA/South Korea

TRT: 9 minutes

Language: Non-Dialogue

Director: Gísli Darri Halldórsson

Synopsis: One morning, an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle — such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.

Country of Origin: Iceland

TRT: 8 minutes

Language: Icelandic

Live Action Short Film Nominees
Feeling Through
Director: Doug Roland

Synopsis: A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen in need and a Deaf-Blind man.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 19 minutes

Language: English

The Letter Room
Director: Elvira Lind

Synopsis: “The Letter Room” is a dark prison comedy about the secret life of a correctional officer who gets transferred to a job in the letter room, where a new world suddenly opens to him ways to find solace and spirituality afterwards.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 33 minutes

Language: English

The Present
Director: Farah Nabulsi

Synopsis: On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?

Country of Origin: Palestine

TRT: 25 minutes

Language: Arabic/English

Two Distant Strangers
Director: Travon Free, Martin Desmond Roe

Synopsis: In “Two Distant Strangers,” cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to relive the same awful day over and over again. Starring Joey Bada$$, Andrew Howard and Zaria Simone.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 29 minutes

Language: English

White Eye
Director: Tomer Shushan

Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

Country of Origin: Israel

TRT: 21 minutes

Language: Hebrew Best Media Info

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