Often times, live action short films are forgotten and it’s most probably because of the length they are presented in. Suffice to say, plenty of short films are pretty straightforward and there is no room for fillers or sidetracking plots. This makes a film less dragging and honestly, I prefer it that way. This year’s Oscars have a lot of promising short films being nominated and truth be told, these are so deserving of the spot.
Detainment (Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon)
Set in 1993, friends Jon and Robert, both a mere 10-years-old, are brought to an English police station for questioning after a footage from a CCTV camera implicates them in the kidnapping of a two-year-old boy who was later murdered.
Fauve (Jeremy Comte and Maria Garcia Turgeon)
In the Quebec countryside, an isolated surface mine sits. Two fun-loving boys run wild, challenging each other to reckless games and tests of endurance. They are unabashed and they run free, and it would seem that in that time, no one else existed.
Marguerite (Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset)
The story is of an old woman named Marguerite. She is cared for by a nurse named Rachel who is nothing but kind to her. Eventually, both of them become friends. The lonely Marguerite learns more about Rachel and during that time, her memories from her youth resurface, prompting her to examine and accept her desires that stem from her past.
Mother (Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado)
Marta lives in Spain and she receives a phone call from her six-year-old son Ivan. Ivan is on a vacation with his father in France and Marta quickly realizes that something is desperately wrong and that she has very little time to do something and solve the problem.
Skin (Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman) *WINNER*
Jeffrey and Christa just spent a relaxing day at the lake, shooting guns and having fun with several of their white supremacist friends. Troy, their young son, is with them. They stop at a grocery store and they come across Jaydee, an African-American man. Jaydee is friendly with Troy but his innocent act eventually results in bloodshed.