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Oscar® Nominated Shorts: Animation (12A*)

Oscar® Week 2019


Each year we celebrate films beyond the Best Picture nominees, this year we're pleased to present the nominees for Best Animated Short.

This year the shorts come from all over the world with Irish, American, Canadian and Chinese talent all represented. 

Find out more about the nominated films below.


In partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Tagged with: Cinema Oscar Week 2019

The programme

Animal Behaviour

Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

Canada 2018 Dirs Alison Snowden, David Fine 14 min


An ageing Chinese mum suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.

US 2018 Dir Domee Shi 8 min

Late Afternoon

Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.

Ireland 2018 Dir Louise Bagnall 10 min

One Small Step

Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

US/China 2018 Dir Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas 8 min


Weekends' is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

US 2018 Dir Trevor Jimenez 15 min

Barbican Cinema 3