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The Oscar Shorts Film Festival

Presented by: Ryder Film Series

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Animated Shorts 2pm (advanced price): $USD 8.00

Animated Shorts 2pm (day of): $USD 10.00

Live Action Shorts 4:15pm (advanced price): $USD 8.00

Live Action Shorts 4:15pm (day of): $USD 10.00


Sunday, February 2nd 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 2nd 4:15 pm Buy Tickets


link to purchase an all day pass

All-Day Pass Includes:
Animated Shorts: 2pm (83 min.)
Live Action Shorts: 4:15pm (105 min.)
Bonus screening: Gauguin Live from the National Gallery in London: 7pm (single tickets also available when you click on the film title)

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The Oscar Shorts offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.

  • – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

We will once again showcase the 10 Oscar nominees for Best Short Animation and Live-Action Film at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Here’s a chance to see the films that critics are raving about and predict the Oscar-winners before the Academy Awards on February 9th. And don’t forget to vote – ask for a ballot when you enter the theater. If you pick one of the eventual Oscar winners, you’ll win a complimentary ticket to another film and you might also win Dinner for Two at one of our fine local restaurants.

Hollywood movies are often impersonal and risk-free — creative decisions are made by lawyers, accountants, and algorithms. The Oscar Shorts are a celebration of intimate, personal storytelling. Each filmmaker leaves his or her fingerprints on the material.

Information for families: The films are not rated but if they were they would probably be rated PG-13. None of them contain anything that most people would consider objectionable, but several deal with mature subject matter: the death of a parent, China’s one-child policy. Younger children will probably have questions. On the other hand, the films might spark thoughtful conversations around the dinner table.

Doors open 30 minutes before each showing.


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 east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe 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, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. 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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