812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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The Oscar Short Film Festival

Presented by: Ryder Film Series

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Children 6 and younger: $0.00

Single Admission (One program) - Advance: $7.00

Single Admission (One program) - Day of Show: $8.50

Festival Pass (Both Programs) - Advance: $10.00

Festival Pass (Both Programs) - Day of Show: $12.50


No showtimes available.


The Oscar Short Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater features the ten Oscar Nominated Short Films in the categories of Best Animation and Best Live-Action. This year’s assortment of short Oscar contenders is a celebration of intimate, personal storytelling — a rich collection of stories, all of which have something profound to say, whether big and bold or small and modest. This is your chance to see the films before the Academy Awards ceremony.

2pm or  6:15pm:
Animated Film Screening (film descriptions)
Run time approx. 90 mins

Live-Action Film Screening (film descriptions)
Run time approx. 2 hr 15 mins

Enjoy both screenings! Click here to purchase a festival pass.

Doors will open 15 minutes prior to each screening and all seating is general admission. You can purchase tickets to an individual screening or purchase a pass to see both screenings at a lower price. Children six and younger can attend for free but require a ticket and content may not be appropriate for children. All ticket and pass prices will increase the day of the festival. Your Ryder Semester Pass cannot be used for screening at the BCT. Tickets for screenings not at the BCT cannot be purchased in advance.

The day will conclude with an 8pm screening of the Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Fire at Sea, an extraordinary, deeply moving story of refugees who have been flooding Lampedusa, a microscopic Mediterranean island between Sicily and Africa. This event requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase.

This event is sponsored by: Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Global Gifts, and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLUBoy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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The Ryder Film Series brings independent film screenings to Bloomington throughout the year, hosting screenings across the community.

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