We love short films here at No Film School. Whether they are made by established professionals in the industry or young filmmakers who only have one project under their belt, we enjoy celebrating short film filmmakers.

At the 2023 Academy Awards, 15 short films will be competing in three award categories: animated, live-action, and documentary. There is a wide range of short films that have been nominated, and there is a lot we can learn from each project.

While ShortsTV will be playing the Oscar-nominated short films in theaters starting on February 17, 2023, many of the projects are available to stream online. Streamers like Netflix and Apple TV+ and media outlets like The New Yorker are getting ready to purchase these shorts right before award season.

Before that happens, here are a few ways you can watch the short films nominated at the 95th Academy Awards: 

How to Watch the 2023 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 

Animated Shorts 

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: Directed by Peter Baynton and Charlie Macksey, this animated short follows a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse as they create an unexpected friendship, and travel together in the boy’s search for a home. Adapted by screenwriter Jon Crook from Mackesy’s book of the same name, the film’s storylike animation is exceptionally charming. 

Where to watch: Apple TV+

The Flying Sailor: Written and directed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, this animated short follows a sailor’s unexpected voyage. Inspired by true events, this highly anticipated short takes a look at the effects of a near-death experience. 

Where to watch: YouTube 

Ice Merchants: João Gonzalez’s and Bruno Caetano’s animated short film is a family drama about loss and family connections as we follow a father and son’s daring ice-delivery method. Set to a riveting score and a beautifully muted color pallet, this animated short film will send a chill through your bones. 

Where to watch: YouTube 

My Year of Dicks: Pamela Ribon’s animated short is a genre-bending comedy that follows a fifteen-year-olds journey to lose her virginity in ‘90s Houston, Texas. This short pulls no punches as it examines sexual awakening through a female-forward perspective. 

Where to watch: Vimeo 

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It: Lachlan Pendragon’s stop-motion film about a young telemarketer who meets a talking ostrich takes a strange turn when the ostrich tells him that the world is fake. The bizarre Australian short is a surreal look at the corporate world. 

Where to watch: Not currently streaming

Live-Action Shorts 

An Irish Goodbye: Written and directed by Tom Berkeley and Ross White, this live-action short set in rural Northern Ireland follows a pair of estranged brothers who reunite after their mother’s untimely death. 

Where to watch: Not currently streaming

Ivalu: Adapted from Morten Dürr’s graphic novel, directors Anders Walter and Pipaluk K. Jørgensen follow Pipaluk (Mila Heilmann Kreutzmann) as she desperately searches for her sister, Ivalu (Nivi Larsen). 

Where to watch: Not currently streaming

Le Pupille: Alice Rohrwacher’s short tells the short of the rebellious girls of a Catholic boarding school before Christmas during a time of war and scarcity. 

Where to watch: Disney+

Night Ride: Directors Michael Kruger and Casey Crocker tell the story of a lonely driver who takes a mysterious couple home. Before he can drop them off, the woman dies, leaving the driver and the boyfriend alone to figure out how to get out of their situation. 

Where to watch: YouTube

The Red Suitcase: Cyrus Neshavd’s short follows a sixteen-year-old Iranian girl’s frightening journey through the Luxembourg Airport after she decides to take off her hijab. 

Where to watch: Not currently streaming


The Elephant Whisperers: Director Kartiki Gonsalves captures the lives of Bomman and Bellie, a couple in South India who have devoted their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Haulout: Directors Maxim and Evgenia Arbugaev’s short documentary follows a man waiting in his hut in a desolated expanse of the Russian Arctic as he waits to observe a natural event that may not occur much longer as the ocean’s warming takes its toll on the phenomenon. 

Where to watch: YouTube

How Do You Measure a Year?: Director Jay Rosenblatt, the filmmaker tells the story of his daughter through footage he captured between her second and 18th birthdays. The short documentary is an intimate look at a father-daughter relationship. 

Where to watch: Not currently streaming

The Martha Mitchell Effect: Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison capture the life and legacy of whistleblower Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet. 

Where to watch: Netflix


Stranger at the Gate: Director Joshua Seftel captures a U.S. Marine’s plot of a terrorist attack on a small-town American mosque. His plan takes an unexpected turn as he comes face-to-face with the people he sets out to kill. 

Where to watch: YouTube

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

The 95th annual Academy Awards will air on March 12, 2023 on ABC.

Source: Town&Country Magazine

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