Edmonton International Film Festival is hosting its annual Oscar Nominated Shorts Program on the days leading up to the 94th Annual Academy Awards on March 27. EIFF presents the animated, live action and documentary shorts exclusively at Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre.
“The biggest thing that audiences can expect this year is they’ll be able to watch the Oscar shorts on the big screen again, which we’re really stoked about,” says Vincent Brulotte, artistic director of EIFF. “We believe that cinema is really best enjoyed together, so we’re thrilled to be bringing this as an in-theatre experience this year.”
Last year, EIFF moved forward with an entirely virtual event to present the Oscar shorts, which was a huge success. The event is EIFF’s annual fundraiser, which brings in about $5,000 a year to help with costs from the film festival in September.
This year, EIFF is expecting about 500 guests across the six screenings. Each of the three categories will be screened twice, giving movie lovers ample time to see them all. Each category has five nominated films. Vote for your favourite film in person following the program for your chance to win a $50 Landmark Cinemas gift card.
EIFF warns that mature themes and subject matter are present in each category, and to watch with caution. The programs are not recommended for children.
“I think it’s great to laugh and to feel good, but I know there’s real power in cinema like this,” says Brulotte. “We hope that, especially with a program like this, we can inspire some people to think a little differently.”
EIFF presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts at Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre on March 24 and 26. Theatre seating is socially distanced.