SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) SHORTLIST:

“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
“Censor of Dreams”
“The Criminals”
“Distances”
“The Dress”
“Frimas”
“Les Grandes Claques”
“The Long Goodbye”
“On My Mind”
“Please Hold”
“Stenofonen”
“Tala’vision”
“Under the Heavens”
“When the Sun Sets”
“You’re Dead Helen”

One hundred forty-five films qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation, Directors, Producers and Writers Branches vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. I haven’t seen any of these, so my predictions are based solely on previous years and my own personal thoughts.

Per the Academy’s press release:

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and concludes on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The 94th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

OSCAR NOMINATION PREDICTIONS

“Censor of Dreams”
Salaud Morisset

“The Dress”
DOBRO, MIŁO and GŁOSNO

“The Long Goodbye”
WePresent

“Tala’vision”
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

“You’re Dead Helen”
Daylight Films and Formosa Productions

“Censor of Dreams” (17m)

IMDB Synopsis: Night after night The Censor and his team mould Yoko’s memories into fantastical dreams. Tonight nothing happens as planned.

“The Dress” (30m)

IMDB Synopsis: A woman with limited hopes toils in a rundown motel in rural Poland, as a maid. Will the repeated visits of an interesting man, a truck driver, change the loneliness of her situation?

“The Long Goodbye” (12m)

IMDB Synopsis: Riz and his family are in the middle of a typical family day in their house, whilst a far right march plays out on the telly in the background, which eventually arrives at their front door, leading to a devastating outcome.

“Tala’vision” (27m)

IMDB Synopsis: Trapped in a war ridden reality, 8 year old Tala finds solace and freedom in a forbidden television. However, the secret TV becomes a matter of life and death.

“You’re Dead Helen” (25m)

IMDB Synopsis: Maxime lives with the ghost of his girlfriend Hélène. Wishing to put an end to this frankly unbearable situation, Maxime finally decides to break up with her. Hélène doesn’t seem ready to accept this decision.

THE REST

“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run” (38m)

IMDB Synopsis: A young Kyrgyz woman is kidnapped and forced to marry. A drama about the desire for freedom in the clutches of a tradition.

“The Criminals” (23m)

IMDB Synopsis: In a town in Turkey, a young couple looks for some privacy. They are rejected from the hotels because they do not have a marriage certificate. When they think they have found a way, the situation gets out of hand.

“Distances” (13m)

IMDB Synopsis: A mentally ill person enters the subway, and suddenly, a void is created around him.

“Frimas” (19m)

IMDB Synopsis: In the near future, following the adoption of an anti-abortion law, Kara has no other choice but to end her pregnancy, using an illegal abortion clinic.

“Les Grandes Claques” (18m)

IMDB Synopsis: December 24, 1983, 10:50 p.m.: Julie and her cousins ate too much sugar, and Santa Claus is late. Denis, alone in his car, is anxious about setting foot in his former in-laws’ house to pick up his children.

“On My Mind” (18m)

IMDB Synopsis: Henrik wants to sing a song for his wife. It has to be today, it has to be now. It’s a question of life, death and karaoke.

“Please Hold” (19m)

IMDB Synopsis: A young man’s life is suddenly and inexplicably derailed, as he finds himself at the mercy of automated “justice.”

“Stenofonen” (22m)

IMDB Synopsis: Jørn is trying to get his father’s attention and love. He loves music. This is where he finds joy and happiness, but his father fails to see his talent. As an old man Jørn discovers that the music can set him free from his past.

“Under the Heavens” (17m)

IMDB Synopsis: Marta, a young Venezuelan mother, is immigrating to Brazil when she meets a struggling young couple with a baby girl. Her ability to breastfeed causes their fates to become forever entwined.

“When the Sun Sets” (14m)

IMDB Synopsis: A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn’t return after school.

“You’re Dead Helen” (25m)

IMDB Synopsis: Maxime lives with the ghost of his girlfriend Hélène. Wishing to put an end to this frankly unbearable situation, Maxime finally decides to break up with her. Hélène doesn’t seem ready to accept this decision.

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