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ShortsTV & BookMyShow Stream bring home the Oscars magic

This year’s Oscar-nominated short films will be available to rent from 16 April.

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MUMBAI: After the much-awaited announcement of Oscar 2021 nominations last month, film enthusiasts in India can now watch this year’s Academy Award contenders for short films from the comfort of their homes. ShortsTV has collaborated with BookMyShow Stream to present these films exclusively to Indian audiences. The partnership will bring this year’s most spectacular short films under the live action & animation category starting 16 April, 2021. 

This year, for the first time, Indian audiences will get the chance to watch Oscar-nominated short films before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, 25 April 2021. These films can be accessed on rent at Rs 149/- per category.

To learn more about how to rent these 2021 Oscar-Nominated Short film compilations, please visit https://in.bookmyshow.com/explore/c/stream. Users will be able to pre-book these films on BookMyShow Stream, starting today.

ShortsTV president - Asia Tarun Sawhney said, “Short films have surged in popularity in India over the last couple of years and what is better than bringing Oscar nominated Shorts straight to your living room courtesy our partner BookMyShow Stream. Film buffs this year would be able to stream the world's best short films directly on their screen without the hassle of traveling to a theatre.”

BookMyShow COO – cinemas Ashish Saksena added, "BookMyShow Stream has successfully brought the magic of world cinema to the screens of Indian audiences with a thoughtfully curated content library from across the globe. Our partnership with ShortsTV is a step forward in enriching this content experience for users, as we get ready to showcase this year’s spectacular line-up of Oscar-nominated short films and share the excitement around one of the most-awaited award cinema ceremonies in the world with millions of movie fans in the country."

Coinciding with the theatrical and virtual releases, ShortsTV has also launched The ShortsTV Podcast - Award Season and is releasing weekly episodes leading up to the awards ceremony. Guests include Academy members, industry insiders, this year’s nominees, previous winners and more. The podcast is currently available to stream on Spotify, Google Podcast and iTunes.

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced on 15 March 2021. The complete list of this year’s nominated short films are as below:

ANIMATED SHORT FILM NOMINEES

GENIUS LOCI

Director: Adrien Merigeau

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

Country of Origin: France

TRT: 16 minutes

Language: French

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU

Director: Michael Govier, Will McCormack

Synopsis: In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents’ journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 12 minutes

Language: English

OPERA

Director: Erick Oh

Synopsis: “Opera” is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life.

Country of Origin: USA/South Korea

TRT: 9 minutes

Language: Non-Dialogue 

YES-PEOPLE

Director: Gísli Darri Halldórsson

Synopsis: 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.

Country of Origin: Iceland

TRT: 8 minutes

Language: Icelandic

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM NOMINEES

FEELING THROUGH

Director: Doug Roland

Synopsis: 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.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 19 minutes

Language: English 

THE LETTER ROOM

Director: Elvira Lind

Synopsis: “The Letter Room” is a dark prison comedy about the secret life of a correctional officer who gets transferred to a job in the letter room, where a new world suddenly opens to him ways to find solace and spirituality afterwards.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 33 minutes

Language: English 

THE PRESENT

Director: Farah Nabulsi

Synopsis: 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?

Country of Origin: Palestine

TRT: 25 minutes

Language: Arabic/English  

TWO DISTANT STRANGERS

Director: Travon Free, Martin Desmond Roe

Synopsis: 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 relive the same awful day over and over again. Starring Joey Bada$$, Andrew Howard and Zaria Simone.

Country of Origin: USA

TRT: 29 minutes

Language: English 

WHITE EYE

Director: Tomer Shushan

Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

Country of Origin: Israel

TRT: 21 minutes

Language: Hebrew 

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