Road to the Big Screen
OSCAR® Nominated Short Films
LIVE ACTION | ANIMATION | DOCUMENTARY
Since 2006, ShortsTV has proudly brought the Oscar® Nominated Short Films to the big screen.
This special release features the year’s most spectacular short films and is available to watch on the big screen for a limited time shortly after nominations are announced.
Each nominee is released in one of three distinct feature-length compilations according to their category of nomination: Live Action, Animation, or Documentary.
The theatrical release of the nominated short films is the world’s largest commercial release of short films, delighting audiences and giving filmmakers an unprecedented opportunity to entertain short film fans.
In recent years, the Oscar® Nominated Short Films have been released in over 700 theaters across the US and Canada, garnering reviews in every major news outlet, from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Deadline to The New York Times. The films have also been released annually in a growing number of theaters around the world, including the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, India, South Africa, Mexico, Chile, China, and Australia, among others, making it a truly international release.
We at ShortsTV believe the nominees are the absolute leading edge of what is the world’s very best in short film and the true future of filmmaking, especially if you believe that the future of filmmaking is short film…and we do!
If you are a filmmaker and have submitted your short film for Oscar® consideration, or are thinking of doing so in the future, then you have come to the right place.
This page is designed to give you the best sense possible of what you can expect from us as you head into what can only be described as a monumental experience!
Who Are We?
Shorts International is the world’s leading short entertainment company.
In addition to being the distributor of the annual Oscar® Nominated Short Films theatrical release, we have the world’s largest catalogue of short movies and operate the world’s leading TV channel dedicated to shorts.
ShortsTV is available on Pay-TV platforms in the US, Europe and India, as well as across Latin America as TVCortos, reaching more than 100 million households. The channel offers the best short entertainment from around the world, as well as original programming that puts the spotlight on both emerging and established talent and brings audiences into the fast-paced world of short filmmaking. For a window into what ShortsTV and TVCortos have to offer, audiences can see our advertising-supported connected-TV channels, Shorts and Cortos, on smart TV platforms such as Samsung TV Plus, Rakuten TV, LG Channels, Pluto TV, and Plex in selected markets. Find out where to watch us in your region here.
We’ve also launched the world’s first film app to use a similar machine-learning algorithm to Spotify, giving audiences the power to create their own movie channels based on their favourite genres and their mood. Plus, we distribute short movies to over 90 online stores, including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and host regular film events and competitions aimed at honouring and advancing the careers of short filmmakers.
In short, our whole reason for being is short film. We are dedicated to bringing the world’s best short entertainment to audiences around the world and giving short filmmakers an unparalleled commercial medium to distribute their work.
The 3 key components of the release itself include:
To be eligible to win an Oscar® all movies must be available for theatrical release. In recent years, the Oscar® Nominated Short Films have been released in over 700 theaters across the US and Canada, garnering reviews in every major news outlet, from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Deadline to The New York Times and the Huffington Post. The films have also been released annually in a growing number of theaters around the world, including the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, Chile, China and Australia among others, making it a truly international release.
US Box office history (2012-2020):
- 2020 $3.31m
- 2019 $3.53m
- 2018: $3.51m
- 2017: $2.84m
- 2016: $2.82m
- 2015: $2.41m
- 2014: $2.17m
- 2013: $2.14m
- 2012: $1.7m
The theatrical release is the single most important part of bringing your Oscar® Nominated Short Film to the world as it elevates your film in the media and allows viewers to enjoy your film the way it should be – on the big screen!
On Demand Release
Starting just a few days before the Oscar® ceremony, the nominated films in the Live Action and Animation categories become available across cable and satellite pay-per-view services in the US and online download platforms around the world, including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play (subject to rights availability).
ShortsTV is the world’s only TV channel dedicated to short movies and is available around the world. During this time, we dedicate our platforms to promote you, your film and your journey to the Oscars®. As a nominee, you will take part in several Oscar® related events, including the Nominee Luncheon and the Academy screening and cocktail reception, and ShortsTV will be there every step of the way.
Our dedicated press teams also work to get as much media coverage as possible, ensuring maximum awareness and commercial success for the release and your films.
Your life on the road to the big screen!
As a commercial operation with years of experience in the short film business, Shorts International is dedicated to making sure your film achieves the commercial success it deserves.View Financial Model
Posting your film on the Internet can reduce the chance of screening your film in theaters.
The internet allows filmmakers a chance to showcase their films and provides great exposure and awareness, but once a film has been shortlisted it is very important for the success of the release that the films be taken down for the duration of the OSCAR® season.
Placing films on the Internet for free during that time (short list announcements through to The OSCARS®) will have a significant impact on the release. Audiences simply aren’t interested in paying to see films in theaters that they can find for free while sitting at their desk or riding home on their commute….thus leading to potential cancellation of the entire release.
This small internet hiatus window allows the films (and audiences) to enjoy these incredible films in theaters prior to the The OSCARS®, in that magical theatrical environment every movie wants to call “home”.
US & Latin America Contact
Linda Olszewski [email protected]
Florentina Almonte [email protected]
Europe & World Contact
Simon Young [email protected]
Lorenza Tuan [email protected]