On the day of the 91st Academy Awards, Carroll cinema buffs can prep for the event by watching short films on the big screen.
Film Lovers in Carroll County will be screening the 2019 Oscar-nominated shorts at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.
The Academy Awards ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. that night.
Tickets for the Oscar Nominated Shorts are $7 for adults; $6 for ages 25 and under and ages 60 and up. CCAC Members get additional 10 percent off. They can be purchased at the box office or at carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Ticket buyers who wear shorts to the screening will get a free small popcorn.
Frank Baylor, of FLICC, said, “We started doing it because you hear on the Academy Awards about the awards for short feature animated … when do you get to the see these films? The answer is you never do.”
Baylor said that in recent years, distributors have made it easier to get copies of the shorts. This event differs a little from other FLICC events because several members have usually seen each film the group screens. With the shorts most of them come in unknown.
The 12 short films nominated for the honors hail from all across the world and are 30 minutes or less in length.
They “are traditionally among the year’s most creative films and are generally the audience favorites,” according to a news release from the Carroll Arts Council. “Ironically they are also the most difficult to see since short films are not released theatrically by most studios.”
The collection of seven animated films will be screened first, followed by a 15-minute intermission, and the evening will conclude with the five nominees in the live action category.
The animated shorts coming before intermission are suitable for around ages 8 or 9 and up and will run about 76 minutes. FLICC notes that there is some scary imagery in “Weekends” that may not be suitable for younger kids.
The live-action shorts contain violence, language, and adult themes and are recommended for mature audiences. They will run for about 109 minutes following the intermission.
Total run time of the event including intermission is about three hours and 20 minutes.
Animated: “Bao” by Domee Shi and Becky Neimann-Cobb; “Late Afternoon” by Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco; “Animal Behaviour” by Alison Snowden and David Fine; “Weekends” by Trevor Jimenez; “One Small Step” by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas; “Wishing Box”; and “Tweet Tweet”
Live-action: “Madre” by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado; “Fauve” by Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon; “Marguerite” by Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset; “Detainment” by Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon; and “Skin” by Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman.
FLICC plans to create a sheet with some information on each of the films for audience members. Baylor said guests tend to come and go during the event, watching a few films before getting up to grab more popcorn or walk around before returning for more.
It’s one of the group’s more popular events throughout the year.
“I think the weather's going to be good, and there’s no football and it’s too early to mow your grass, so come out to the Arts Center,” Baylor said.