Watch the 2021 Oscar-Nominated Shorts With Lighthouse International Film Society

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An annual Lighthouse International Film Society tradition, patrons can see all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards before the Oscar telecast on April 25.

This year, watch the shorts both in-person at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies or enjoy them from the comfort of your home. Virtual cinema tickets allow patrons to view the film up to 30 days after purchase. Patrons joining us in-person will be required to wear a mask, social distance and prepurchase tickets. In-person seating is limited.

All of the live action short film nominees and documentary short film will be offered in-person and virtually. Animated short film nominees will only be available virtually.


Live Action Shorts Program:

  • Feeling Through (USA): 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.
  • The Letter Room (USA): When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner’s deeply private life.
  • The Present (Palestine): 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?
  • Two Distant Strangers (USA): 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 re-live the same awful day over and over again.
  • White Eye (Israel): A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.


Virtual screening offered April 2–23: $12; $30 to bundle all three programs.

In-person screening at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, 120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies on Friday, April 9, 7:30 pm and Thursday, April 15. 7:30 pm. $12; 2021 LIFSociety Members, $6


Documentary Shorts Program:

  • A Love Song for Latasha– dir. Sophia Nahli Allison (USA) The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central, Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising.
  • Do Not Split– dir. Anders Hammer (USA/Norway) Told from within the heart of the Hong Kong protests, “Do Not Split” beings in 2019 as a proposed bill allowing the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China escalated protests throughout Hong Kong. Unfolding across a year, “Do Not Split” captures the determination and sacrifices of the protesters, the government’s backlash, and the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law.
  • Hunger Ward– dir. Skye Fitzgerald (USA,). Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.
  • Colette– dir. Anthony Giacchino (France/Germany/USA). Nazi occupied France. Resistance took courage. Seventy-five years later, facing one’s ghosts may take even more.
  • A Concerto Is a Conversation– dirs. Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (USA, ). A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer track his family’s lineage through hi 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Virtual screening offered April 2–23: $12; $30 to bundle all three programs. In-person screening at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, 120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies on Saturday, April 10, 7:30 pm and Friday, April 16. 7:30 pm. $12; 2021 LIFSociety Members, $6.


Animated Shorts Program:

  • Burrow (USA): 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.
  • Genius Loci ( France): 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 (USA): Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting. An elegy on grief.
  • Opera (USA): “Opera” is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity.
  • Yes-People (Iceland): 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.

The program will also include additional animated films from the Oscar shortlist as bonus material, including:

  • The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany)
  • Kapaemahu (USA)
  • To Gerard (USA)


Virtual screening offered April 2–23: $12; $30 to bundle all three programs. NOT OFFERED IN-PERSON

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