The Academy Awards are only a few days away and, while we have a full list of Oscar nominees available on VOD, there’s still one question that we always end up asking at this point in the awards race: where can I watch the 2016 Oscar-nominated short films online?
Shorts are usually a sadly overlooked part of the Oscars, but VOD makes it easier than ever to catch up with the diminutive contenders ahead of the big night. Shorts International are the distributors of the films, releasing them on iTunes every year for download – in fact, the company was one of iTunes’ earliest movie partners – but as of last year, the Academy Award-nominated shorts are available to rent and stream from other VOD platforms too.
2016 marks the second year in a row that Shorts International has distributed its shorts compilations through Vimeo On Demand and now, other sites are getting in on the gong game, which means that for the first time, you can watch them on almost any device you wish.
The other first is that the short films are being released not as separate packages of animated and live-action nominees, but as one big bundle – from the tragic Everything Will Be Okay to the brilliant World of Tomorrow – making them even more affordable, as well as accessible. You can even rent them, rather than purchase them, if that takes your fancy. The only catch? You can’t stream Sanjay’s Super Team, by Sanjay Patel, which Disney is releasing alongside The Good Dinosaur.
Where to watch the Oscar-nominated short films online:
Watch on iTunes (£7.99)
Watch on Amazon Instant Video (£13.99 HD)
Watch on Google Play (£1.49)
Watch on Vimeo On Demand (£3.49 rent / £9.10 buy)
Short films included:
Director: Basil Khalil
Producers: Eric Dupont and Eric Fantone
The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect.
Director: Henry Hughes
Producer: Michael Steiner
Inspired by a true story, DAY ONE depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.
ALLES WIRD GUT (EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY)
Director/Writer/Producer: Patrick Vollrath
A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a
while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey.
Director/Writer: Jamie Donoughue
Producers: Harvey Ascott, Eshref Durmishi and Howard Dawson
The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war.
Director: Benjamin Cleary
Producers: Shan Christopher Ogilvie & Serena Armitage
Apart from his ageing father, Greenwood has only one connection to the external world in the form of an online relationship. Every night, often for hours at a time, he exchanges messages with Ellie. On the eve of their six-month anniversary, Ellie messages Greenwood and tells him that she has travelled to London to surprise him. She asks if he would like to take things “offline” and meet in person for the first time…
HISTORIA DE UN OSO (BEAR STORY)
Director: Gabriel Osorio
Producer: Pato Escala
An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.
Director: Richard Williams
Producer: Imogen Sutton
Clocking in at six minutes, “Prologue” describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation entirely animated by Richard Williams himself. Williams – who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” – has worked on the film for many years in between other projects.
WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS
Director & Writer: Konstantin Bronzit
Producer: Alexander Boyarsky
Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.
WORLD OF TOMORROW
Director & Writer: Don Hertzfeldt
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.
The Academy Awards take place on Sunday 22nd February at 1:30am. For more information on where to watch the Oscars online in the UK legally, click here.