I know we all have aspirations, but I think one shared by many of the people who read this site is to compete for an Academy Award. I know it seems far fetched, but I practice my speech in the shower all the time, and I think it could be really good. 

One category that I think we all could compete in is Best Short Film. Sure, there's lots of competition, but making a good short film is not as crazy as you think. You might be able to write and shoot a few a year if you keep them small enough, and all you have to do is play in a few festivals to get noticed. 

I know, all that is hard! But it's not impossible. 

Anyway, as you dare to dream, check out these 10 animated short films. They made the shortlist for the Animated Short Film category. 96 total films qualified, and members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch voted to determine the shortlist.

Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Watch the 10 Animated Short Films on the Shortlist for the Academy Awards 

Some of these links just take you to trailers, but the full films are available on Peacock, Netflix, Disney+, or through a link on their YouTube or Vimeo page where the trailer leads. 

Happy watching! 

1. Burrow

Directed by: Madeline Sharafian

2. Genius Loci

Directed by: Adrien Merigeau


3. If Anything Happens I Love You

Directed by: Will McCormack, Michael Govier

4. Kapaemahu

Directed by: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson


5. Opera

Directed by: Erick Oh

6. Out

Directed by: Steven Hunter

7. The Snail and the Whale

Directed by: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon


8. To Gerard

Directed by: Taylor Meacham


9. Traces

Created by: Hugo Frassetto, Hannah Letaif, Nicolas Liguori, Clementine Robach

10. Yes-People

Directed by: Gísli Darri Halldórsson

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, at 8 pm EST. Watch it live on ABC or go to ABC.com and log in with your TV provider.