Oscar Shorts 2021: Animated

2021 | 99 min.

Now Playing - May 13, 2021

For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – 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, April 25.

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  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 99 min.


Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)

In Disney and Pixar’s new short film “Burrow,” a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed) rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help. Directed by Madeline Sharafian and produced by Mike Capbarat, “Burrow” is part of Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program.

Genius Loci

Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)

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

If Anything Happens I Love You

Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)

Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting. An elegy on grief.



Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ – George Santayana

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and former Pixar animator Erick Oh, “Opera” is an animation project that can be defined as a contemporary animated edition of the Renaissance fresco mural paintings.

Driven by the spirits of Bosch, Michelangelo, Botticelli and more, Erick portrays, in his own signature whimsical and surreal way, the human society and history, filled with beauty and absurdity.

Viewers will experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life: it is hopeful, comical, thoughtful, yet scary and sad.

This piece is not only a living piece of art, it is an invitation to question the mechanisms of our society and human behavior. The universality of its message will inspire new perspectives on humanity and break down conversations.

The full cycle of “Opera” consists of day and night. Each section and individual character’s activities are intrinsically connected so the viewers can eventually enjoy the entire pyramid no matter which character they set their eyes on first.


Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)

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.

Plus a selection of additional animated shorts (from the AMPAS shortlist):

Kapaemahu (USA, 8 min.)

The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)

To Gerard (USA, 7 min.)