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FREE Screening of Academy Award Short Films

The Wichita Public Library will once again host FREE screenings of the Annual Academy Award Nominated Short Films in 2024.

Wichita Public Library was one of the first organizations in the nation to provide a way for communities outside of major cities like New York and LA to see the nominated films.

Since 1986, the Library has annually previewed the short films nominated in the animated, live-action, and documentary categories at various times, dates, and locations, free and open to the public.

The screenings will occur March 2 -9, 2024, at various locations. 

The Oscar-nominated short films are each 40 minutes or less, in the categories of Animation, Live Action, and Documentary. Admission is free for all showings.

Academy Awards Free Short Film Screening

The films are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. However, all films this year have an R-rating consideration.

Visit the Wichita Public Library Website to register for the film festival and to learn more. 

To reiterate, the films aren’t rated and may not be suitable for all ages. All showings are FREE!

Here is the schedule for 2024:

  • Saturday, March 2, all categories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. (Doors open at 9:30)
  • Sunday, March 3, animation & live action, 1:15-4:45 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian
  • Tuesday, March 5, animation & live action, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St.
  • Thursday, March 7, documentary, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St.
  • Friday, March 8, documentary, 1-5 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas St.
  • Saturday, March 9, all categories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. (Doors open at 9:30)

The 95th Academy Awards® will be televised on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

Documentary Category 2024: 

  • The ABCs of Book Banning (27 min., USA)

    Reveals the voices of the impacted parties of books banned from school districts, inspiring hope for the future through the profound insights of inquisitive youthful minds.

  • The Barber of Little Rock (35 min., USA)

    The barbershop is the heart of the Black community, and in Little Rock, Arkansas, now the starting place of a new community lending program.

  • Island in Between (20 min., Taiwan)

    S. Leo Chiang reflects on his relationship with Taiwan, the United States and China from the islands of Kinmen, just a few miles from mainland China.

  • The Last Repair Shop (39 min., USA)

    Tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music. It is also a reminder of how music can be the best medicine, stress reliever and even an escape from poverty.

  • N?i Nai & Wài Pó (17 min., USA)

    A personal love letter from director Sean Wang to his Nai Nai and Wài Pó, a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.

Live Action Catagory 2024: 

  • The After (18 min., UK)

    In this intense short film, a grieving rideshare driver picks up a passenger who helps him confront the past.

  • Invincible (30 min., Canada)

    Inspired by a true story, Invincible recounts the last 48 hours in the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a 14-year-old boy on a desperate quest for freedom.

  • Knight of Fortune (25 min., Denmark)

    The loss of a loved one, the grief, the risk of yellow skin, and a coffin, that is too much for Carl to face.

  • Red, White and Blue (23 min., USA)

    A young mother from Arkansas is forced to travel across state lines in search of an urgent and necessary abortion.

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (37 min., USA)

    Chronicles a variety of stories, but the main one follows Henry Sugar, who is able to see through objects and predict the future with the help of a book he stole.

Animation Category 2024: 

  • Letter to a Pig (Israel, 17 min.)

    A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life. A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and sinks into a twisted dream where she confronts questions of identity, collective trauma, and the extremes of human nature.

  • Ninety-Five Senses (13 min., USA)

    An ode to the body’s five senses delivered by a man with little time left to enjoy them.

  • Our Uniform (7 min., Iran)

    An Iranian girl unfolds her school memories on the wrinkles and fabrics of her old uniform.

  • Pachyderme (11 min., France)

    Like every summer, Louise stays at her grandparents in the countryside for a few days during the holidays. It will snow at the height of summer and a monster is going to die.

  • War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko (11 min., USA)

    Set in an alternate WWI reality where a senseless war rages on, two soldiers on opposite sides of the conflict play a joyful game of chess.


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