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Film Series Returns for 27th Year

Contact: Ben Ropp, Art, Music & Video Librarian |

Academy Award® Shorts a Wichita Public Library Tradition

The Wichita Public Library will host its 27th annual preview of Academy Award®-nominated short films Feb. 16-23. The animated, live action and documentary shorts will be available for viewing during several screenings. All showings are free, including showings at the 21st Street Warren Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre.

“This year’s nominated short films range from light-hearted to heart-wrenching stories,” said Ben Ropp, who is organizing this year’s Academy Award® Shorts event. “Some of this year’s shorts offer unique glimpses into situations that most people only read about in the news, such as growing up in Afghanistan, Somalia or Rwanda, or living in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.”

To qualify as a short subject for Academy Award® consideration, films must be less than 40 minutes in running time (including all credits). Shorts are typically not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Film fans may see the shorts from all three categories at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Warren Theatre, 9150 N. 21st St. (21st & Tyler), or at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Space is limited and is first come, first seated.

Showings at three branch libraries will feature the animated and live action categories:

  • 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
  • 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st

Animation shorts will be screened at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer.

Documentary shorts will be screened at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th.

For more information about the Wichita Public Library's Academy Award® Shorts programs, please contact the Library’s Art, Music and Video section at (316) 261-8506 or visit the Library’s website.

Animated Short Film Nominees Running Time Country
"Maggie Simpson in the 'Longest Daycare'"
Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, and finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald.
5 minutes USA
"Adam & Dog"
What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable?
16 minutes USA
"Fresh Guacamole"
Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole.
2 minutes USA
"Head Over Heels"
Walter lives on the floor and Madge lives on the ceiling. They can’t agree which way is up and must find a way to put their marriage back together.
11 minutes United Kingdom
A lonely young man has only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get the attention of a beautiful woman he meets on his morning commute.
7 minutes USA


Live Action Short Film Nominees Running Time Country
"Death of a Shadow"
A strange collector imprisoned the shadow of deceased World War I soldier Nathan, who tries to meet his lost love again.
20 minutes France/Belgium
Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day his love disappears mysteriously.
21 minutes Canada
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his niece for the evening.
21 minutes Canada
"Buzkashi Boys"
Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat. This is the story of two best friends, a street urchin and a blacksmith’s son.
28 minutes Afghanistan
A Somali boy is faced with falling into the pirate life, or choosing the path of an honest fishing man.
18 minutes South Africa


Documentary Short Nominees Running Time Country
"Kings Point"
Five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection.
40 minutes USA
"Mondays at Racine"
A Long Island, NY, beauty shop offers free beauty services for women undergoing chemotherapy.
39 minutes USA
A young artist tells her story in her own words. She uses color as her personal revolution, never giving in to the bleakness of living as an undocumented immigrant.
42 minutes USA
“Redemption” follows a group of New Yorkers whose treasures are in the trash. This is a chance to meet the marginalized masses we often rush past.
35 minutes USA
"Open Heart"
Eight Rwandan children leave their families to embark on a life-or-death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan.
39 minutes USA
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