Academy Awards 2021 Short Film Nominees: Animation

The category for animated short film often showcases some of the biggest creative swings of the Oscars and this year is no exception. From subjects that range from testing relationships to abstract interpretations of urban chaos, this is certainly the place to find the most fearless art.


These are the nominees for Short Film (Animated).




Burrow (2020)

A young rabbit tries to build the burrow of her dreams, becoming embarrassed each time she accidentally digs into a neighbor's home.



Dir: Madeline Sharafian | Writer: Madeline Sharafian | Producer: Michael Capbarat


Click here to watch the full film on Disney+ (subscription required) - You can also watch all animated short film nominees via ShortsTV by clicking here.



Genius Loci (2020)

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees the urban chaos as a mystical oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.



Dir: Adrien Merigeau | Writers: Adrien Merigeau, Nicolas Pleskof | Producer: Amaury Ovise


Cast: Nadia Moussa, Georgia Cusack, Jina Djemba


You can watch this film and all animated short film nominees via ShortsTV by clicking here.



If Anything Happens I Love You (2020)

In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.



Dirs: Michael Govier, Will McCormack | Writers: Michael Govier, Will McCormack | Producers: Michael Govier, Gerald Chamales, Maryann Garger, Gary Gilbert


This film is available now on Netflix. You can watch this film and all animated short film nominees via ShortsTV by clicking here.



Opera (2020)

Our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity.



Dir: Erick Oh | Producer: Sara K. Sampson


You can watch this film and all animated short film nominees via ShortsTV by clicking here.



Yes-People (2020)

One morning an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle - such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.



Dir: Gísli Darri Halldórsson | Writer: Gísli Darri Halldórsson | Producers: Arnar Gunnarsson, Gísli Darri Halldórsson


Cast: Helga Braga Jónsdóttir, Jón Gnarr, Thor Kristjansson


This film is available now on Vimeo On Demand. You can also watch it for free via The New Yorker YouTube channel. All nominated animated short films can be seen via ShortsTV by clicking here.