Before you watch the 91st iteration of the Academy Awards—without a host for the first time since 1989—head over to the Carroll Arts Center to watch the rarely screened Oscar-nominated animated and live action shorts presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County.

It's cold out today but the Carroll Arts Center is open! We have normal hours 10am – 4pm today, January 30. Stop by and check out our wonderful art exhibits.

Posted by Carroll Arts Center on Wednesday, January 30, 2019


The Arts Center’s screening begins at 1 p.m. The animated shorts will air first, for 76 minutes, followed by a 15-minute intermission and the 109-minute live action short screening. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for under 25 and over 60, and anyone wearing shorts receives a free small popcorn. Carroll County Arts Council members can receive an additional 10 percent off.

Animated Shorts

After the ode to Kobe Bryant’s 20-year NBA career Dear Basketball won the five-film category last year, the animated shorts category plays host to five similarly-themed films this year, ranging from eight to 16 minutes in length.

  • Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neimann-Cobb, U.S. (8 minutes)
  • Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco, Ireland (10 minutes)
  • Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine, Canada (14 minutes)
  • Weekends – Trevor Jimenez, U.S. (16 minutes)
  • One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, U.S. (8 minutes)

Audience members who watched The Incredibles 2 in theaters this summer might be familiar with Bao which was released with the long-anticipated superhero sequel.

The five nominees will be screened in tandem with two additional shorts, Wishing Box (six minutes) and Tweet Tweet (11 minutes). The Arts Center has listed the animated shorts with a PG rating for themes of Alzheimer’s disease, divorce, and parental death, making the screening for ages 8 and up, with additional potentially scary scenes in Weekends.

View the trailers for these animated shorts!

Live Action Shorts

After the family audiences have cleared out, stay for the R-rated (violence, language, and adult themes) live action shorts.

  • Madre – Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado, Spain (19 minutes)
  • Fauve – Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon, Canada (17 minutes)
  • Marguerite – Marianne Farley and Marie-Helen Panisset, Canada (19 minutes)
  • Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon, Ireland (30 minutes)
  • Skin – Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, U.S. (20 minutes)

Some reviews have warned of the dark nature of this category this year, but there’s no shame in leaving during intermission should the live action category not be your thing.

View the trailers for these live action shorts!

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD, 21157. 410-848-7272.