ShortsHD Releases Oscar-Nominated Films Via In Demand

Widening its reach ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday night, The Short Movie Channel is releasing "The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015" across an array of cable, satellite and on-demand platforms.

The program, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Oscar short releases in theaters in the U.S. Latin Ameriica and Europe,  will showcase the live-action and animation film nominees, ahead of the  87th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 22, 2015 on ABC, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Through a deal with In Demand,  Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, Bright House, RCN, Charter, Metrocast, and Mid Continent will offer the shorts, as will DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo. ShortsHD, the first high-definition channel dedicated to short movies, has regular carriage on  DirecTV (channel 573), AT&T U-Verse (1789), US Sonet  (292), CenturyLink prism (1789) and Frontier Communications (1789).

"The short film nominees this year come from some of the most diverse backgrounds of any similar group of Academy nominees, which is reflected in the richness and diversity of their storytelling,” said ShortsHD CEO Carter Pilcher.  “We are proud to bring them to the cable systems, VOD, EST and the all of the leading digital platforms for audiences everywhere.”

This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts originate from Poland, UK, US, France, China, Switzerland, Canada, Netherlands and Mexico.

Releases include the following nominated short films:



Directors: Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

Synopsis: A young woman waiting at an airport has an unexpected encounter with an arriving passenger.

Countries of origin: France, Israel

TRT: 39:50

Language: English

Boogaloo and Graham

Directors: Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

Synopsis: Jamesy and Malachy are presented with two baby chicks to raise by their soft-hearted father.

Country of origin: UK

TRT: 14:00

Language: English

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)

Directors: Hu Wei and Julien Féret

Synopsis: A photographer and his assistant photograph the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan village.

Countries of origin: France, China

TRT: 15:54

Language: Chinese


Directors: Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

Synopsis: An Afghan teenager living in a refugee center in Switzerland encounters difficulties wiring money to her family and asks a young Swiss woman for help.

Country of origin: Switzerland

TRT: 24:26

Language: German

The Phone Call

Directors: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Synopsis: A woman working for a crisis center phone line receives a call from a suicidal older man.

Country of origin: UK

TRT: 20:56

Language: English


The Bigger Picture

Directors: Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees

Synopsis: Tensions arise between two brothers as their elderly mother requires more care.

Country of origin: UK

TRT: 7:27

Language: English

The Dam Keeper

Directors: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Synopsis: A lonely little pig in charge of maintaining the town dam is cruelly bullied by his classmates.

Country of origin: US

TRT: 18:08

Language: English


Director: Patrick Osborne

Producer: Kristina Reed

Synopsis: The story of the relationship between a young man and the stray puppy he takes in is told through the food the dog receives.

Country of origin: US

TRT: 7:00

Language: English

Me and My Moulton

Director: Torill Kove

Synopsis: Three sisters growing up in an unconventional Norwegian family ask their parents for a bicycle.

Country of origin: Canada

TRT: 13:08

Language: English

A Single Life

Director: Joris Oprins

Synopsis: A mysterious vinyl single gives a young woman the power to move back and forth through the years of her life.

Country of origin: Netherlands

TRT: 2:18

Language: English