Oscar 2019 Live Action Short Film Favourites

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1. Wren Boys (2017)

11 min | Short, Drama

On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.

Director: Harry Lighton | Stars: Diarmuid Noyes, Lalor Roddy, Fionn Walton, Billy Clarke

Votes: 113

2. Fauve (2018)

17 min | Short, Drama

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Director: Jeremy Comte | Stars: Félix Grenier, Alexandre Perreault, Louise Bombardier

Votes: 1,955

3. Skin (I) (2018)

R | 21 min | Short, Drama

In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Jackson Robert Scott, Danielle Macdonald, Lonnie Chavis

Votes: 2,913

4. Caroline (I) (2018)

12 min | Short, Drama

When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

Directors: Logan George, Celine Held | Stars: Caroline Falk, Celine Held, Tam Jackson, Brooks Falk

Votes: 333

5. Souls of Totality (2018)

18 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Set during the Great American Eclipse, this is a story about the sacrifices we make for love and the intensity of a looming moment that can change everything.

Director: Richard Raymond | Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen, Joseph Ollman, Bailey Corneal

Votes: 172

6. Matria (2017)

21 min | Short, Drama, Family

Faced with the challenges presented by her daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in the relationship that unites her to her daughter and granddaughter.

Director: Álvaro Gago Díaz | Stars: Francisca Iglesias Bouzón, Pilar Fragua, Eulogia Chaves, Ramón Martínez

Votes: 82

7. Bonbone (2017)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A Palestinian couple resorts to an unusual way to conceive as the husband is detained in an Israeli jail where visits are restricted.

Director: Rakan Mayasi | Stars: Rana Alamuddin, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 203

8. A Drowning Man (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.

Director: Mahdi Fleifel | Stars: Atef Alshafei, Jalal Qaniry, Thymios Koukios, Rebih El-Saleous

Votes: 139

9. Wale (2018)

20 min | Short, Drama

An 18 year old youth offender is trying to get his own business going as a mechanic. But enterprise isn't so easy when you're a young, black male with a criminal past. And it doesn't get ... See full summary »

Director: Barnaby Blackburn | Stars: Jamie Sives, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Sura Dohnke, Clare Perkins

Votes: 74

10. Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (2017)

12 min | Short, Drama

Alistair and Samir meet five different times, but it is only when they meet as old men that they can finally put their prejudices aside and meet as friends. This film champions friendship and compassion over separation and distrust.

Director: Marcus Markou | Stars: Dimitri Andreas, Gino Azzopardi, Georgina Blackledge, Alister Cameron

Votes: 54

11. Emergency (2018)

12 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Director: Carey Williams | Stars: Darrell Lake, Jason Woods, Peter Pasco, Michael Segovia

Votes: 42

12. All These Creatures (2018)

14 min | Short, Drama

An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unravelling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all.

Director: Charles Williams | Stars: Melody Demessie, Helen Hailu, Mandela Mathia, Melchisedek Nkailu

Votes: 222

13. Detainment (2018)

R | 30 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case, which shocked the world in 1993.

Director: Vincent Lambe | Stars: Ely Solan, Leon Hughes, Will O'Connell, David Ryan

Votes: 2,381

14. Dear Chickens (2018)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

When a stubborn old man and a fretful teenaged girl are forced to share a hospital room, an unexpected friendship forms over their hatred of fake cheerfulness and bad hospital food.

Director: Mauro Mueller | Stars: Kerris Dorsey, Philip Baker Hall, James Eckhouse, Linda Park

Votes: 16

15. Someone (2017)

14 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Greta's story shows that a beginning is still possible, always and everywhere. The film is based on a true story.

Director: Marco Gadge | Stars: Maximilian Braun, Francis Fulton-Smith, Vladislav Grakovskiy, Fabienne Haller

Votes: 68

16. Magic Alps (2018)

14 min | Short, Drama

When an Afghan refugee arrives in Italy with his goat to seek asylum, an Italian immigration officer finds himself in a difficult position because he doesn't know what to do with the animal.

Directors: Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi | Stars: Hassan El Aouni, Giovanni Storti, Camilla Antoniotti, Fabio De Marco

Votes: 180

17. Little Match Girl (2018)

19 min | Short

Scandinavia, 1846. A poor young girl forced to sell matchsticks desperately lights one match to survive the winter night. She is drawn into a dream world where the flames of fire give her ... See full summary »

Director: Björne Larson | Stars: Shree Crooks, Rebecca Ferguson, Gustaf Skarsgård

Votes: 20



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