See the Oscar®-Nominated Shorts on February 24!

HIFF is delighted to offer audiences a chance to see the Academy Award® nominees in the categories of Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film.

For over a decade, Shorts HD has proudly brought the Oscar® Nominated Short Films to audiences across the globe. Don’t miss your only opportunity to watch the nominated shorts before the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which will air on​ Sunday, March 4.

February 24, 2018
Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor

$15 per screening / $25 for double feature
(Special pricing for HIFF Members and Patrons. Please call the box office at (631)725-9500 or purchase tickets in person.)

Tickets on sale now: Animated | Live Action

Program 1
12:00 PM
2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated (83 minutes)
1:30 PM
2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action (99 minutes)
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Program 2
5:00 PM
2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated (83 minutes)
6:30 PM
2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action (99 minutes)
>> Buy double feature tickets here at a discount!

ANIMATED SHORTS (running time: 83 minute

(Rated PG. While most of the shorts would be rated G, GARDEN PARTY has some disturbing imagery of a human corpse at the end that could be upsetting to younger viewers.)

Nominated Films: 


USA | English | 6 minutes
Directed by: Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
On the eve of his retirement from basketball, NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child. From his youthful dreams of glory to his 20-year career, Bryant describes how he and basketball have given each other all they have. His inspiring poem, DEAR BASKETBALL is stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams.


France | English | 5 minutes
Directed by: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.


USA | English | 7 minutes
Directed by: Dave Mullins and Dana Murray
Lou, the guardian of the lost and found box at an elementary school, tries to teach young bully J.J. that giving to the other kids will make him feel better than stealing from them.


United Kingdom | English | 29 minutes
Directed by: Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh
The Wolf from the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the true and twisted story of his adventures and those of other characters in his world, including Snow White, Cinderella and Jack, the climber of beanstalks. The film is based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.


France | French | 7 minutes
Directed by: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
A luxurious villa and its grounds have become home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone frogs and toads. While they enjoy the bounties on offer, including caviar and macaroons, the amphibians uncover the whereabouts of the villa’s owner.

Additional Films (not nominated):

Lost Property Office

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LIVE-ACTION SHORTS (running time: 99 minutes)

Rated R (violence and some language)

Nominated Films:


USA | English | 21 minutes
Directed by: Reed Van Dyk
Steven, a mentally unstable twenty something, enters an elementary school with a semi-automatic rifle. After he orders the school receptionist, Cassandra, to have the building evacuated, he holds her hostage and instructs her to call 911. With Cassandra as his go-between, Steven tries to navigate the troubled waters he has entered.


United Kingdom | English | 20 minutes
Directed by: Chris Overton and Rachel Senton
Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old, is the youngest child in a family who are all hearing. Unable to communicate but about to start school, Libby is assigned a social worker who teaches her sign language. Libby’s skeptical parents are reluctant to be involved, however, and pose a potential block to Libby’s education.


USA | English | 20 minutes
Directed by: Kevin Wilson Jr.
In 1955, two white men invade the home of Mose Wright, an African-American preacher in Mississippi, to abduct his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, who is visiting from Chicago. Emmett has been accused of whistling at a white woman, and Mose knows that his fate will be sealed if the men succeed in taking him.


Australia | English | 13 minutes
Directed by: Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
A psychiatrist earnestly tries to help his delusional patient, but his efforts are complicated by the fact that the patient believes himself to be the doctor. With each trying to out-analyze the other, their session spirals out of control.


Germany/Kenya | Swahili/Somali | 22 minutes
Directed by: Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
Jua, a Christian living in Kenya, boards a chartered bus to visit a relative and is uncomfortable being surrounded by Muslim passengers. The bus is stopped by the violent terrorist group Al-Shabaab, whose members demand that the Muslims identify the Christian passengers.

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*These nominated films screened at HIFF 2017.