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In-Person Academy Award Shorts Film Festival Returns in March

Contact: City Communications |

It’s time for the 36th year of the Wichita Public Library’s acclaimed program, Academy Award Shorts Film Festival. The Library encourages moviegoers to mask up and social distance for in-person short film screenings.

The screenings will take place at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St.:

  • Saturday, March 19, all categories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Monday, March 21, documentaries, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24, animated and live action, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26, all categories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“This annual program provides accessibility to residents wanting to view the nominated short films at the Academy Awards each year,” said Jaime Prothro, Director of Libraries. “Oftentimes, moviegoers don’t have the opportunity to see these films prior to the awards ceremony.”

In 1986, the Wichita Public Library made Wichita one of the first cities in the country to let the public view short films nominated in the animated, live action and documentary categories outside of major cities, like New York and Los Angeles.

To qualify as a short film for Academy Awards consideration, films must be less than 40 minutes. The films at the Library’s screenings are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. All films presented this year have an R-rating consideration.

The 94th Academy Awards® will be televised on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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