The 94th Academy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday night. Sadly, in a bid to streamline the show, eight of the categories will no longer be televised. This includes the three short form categories – live action, animation and documentary.

Preparations for the 94th Academy Awards

The Short List

At TellyJuice we believe the short film categories should always be celebrated. As purveyors of concise video content we appreciate the incredible skill involved in creating compelling, convincing stories in under 40 minutes. An audience needs to be drawn into your world from the first few seconds. Storytelling is our bread and butter so it’s wonderful to celebrate the incredible potential of short form narrative.

And the Nominees Are…

The Awards are waiting to be claimed

What is particularly special about the three shorts categories is their global representation. Modest budgets and resource requirements mean filmmakers from more countries and backgrounds can showcase their talents. Many of the nominated films are only available on subscription services, however, two strong contenders available to watch for free are…

The Long Goodbye – Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed (Live Action Category)

Written by and starring Riz Ahmed, this is an incredibly compelling watch. In the space of 12 minutes, it moves from a light-hearted portrait of a busy family home to its devastating and heart-breaking conclusion.

Academy Award Nominee – The Long Goodbye

The Windscreen Wiper – Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez (Animation Category)

A series of beautifully animated vignettes exploring the theme of love with stunning visuals. The film’s unusual style and beautiful soundtrack are mesmerising.

Academy Award Nominee – The Windscreen Wiper

Judging For Ourselves

Exit 6 Short Film Festival

As part of the annual Exit 6 Short Film Festival our Senior Creative Kate has the privilege of watching short films from around the globe.  She has been on the judging panel for over three years and loves discovering new filmmakers along the way. 

“It’s always a great reminder of how stories can be told in creative and beautiful ways whatever the run time. Two of my favourites from the past few years which are available to view are…”

The Quiet Carriage – Ben S. Hyland (Live Action)

This film has two excellent central performances and a brilliant twist.

Short Film – Quiet Carriage

Grab My Hand – A Letter To My Dad – Camrus Johnson & Pedro Piccinini (Animation)

This is a stunning animation with an incredibly powerful message.

Grab My Hand: A Letter To My Dad

Whatever the results on Oscar Night we know first-hand the power of short-form storytelling. Go Shorty!