Over four days in February, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will screen all of the short films nominated for the 2020 Academy Awards. The “Oscar Shorts” screenings, which are presented as part of The Center’s popular film series, will take place at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum on Feb. 5, 6, 12 and 13, at 4:30 and 7 p.m.
Since 2014, The Center and the Magic Lantern have joined forces to give film lovers an opportunity to view all the Oscar-nominated shorts in just four days. A “short film is defined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an original motion picture with a running time of 40 minutes or less. In response to strong public demand, the screenings will be held twice each day, at 4:30 and 7 p.m.
The first two days of screenings are dedicated to Oscar-nominated short films in the live-action (fictional content featuring actors) and animated categories. The second set of screenings include two different lineups of Oscar-nominated short documentary films. The screening schedule at the Magic Lantern in Ketchum is as follows:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4:30 and 7 p.m. – Live Action Shorts
Thursday, Feb. 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. – Animated Shorts
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4:30 and 7 p.m. – Documentary Shorts Program A
Thursday, Feb. 13, 4:30 and 7 p.m. – Documentary Shorts Program B
Patrons can consult www.sunvalleycenter.org after Jan. 13 (the date on which all 2020 Oscar nominees will be announced) for detailed information about which short films will be screened. In addition, the animated shorts screened on Thursday, Feb. 6, may not be suitable for children; patrons are advised to contact The Center for content advisory information.
“Our presentation of the Oscar-Nominated Shorts is a unique opportunity for local film buffs to see each and every short film that’s up for an Oscar this year,” said Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts at The Center. “Outside of this venue (and our special screening of the Manhattan Short Film Festival in October), short films can be difficult, if not impossible, for the general public to see. Many of the films are from outside the U.S., offering viewers glimpses into the cultures and film-making styles of other countries. They always range from funny to sad, insightful to poignant.”
Tickets for each day of screenings are $10 for members of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and $12 for nonmembers, and they may be purchased in advance through The Center’s box office or website. For more information about the 2020 Oscar Shorts and other upcoming events at The Center, visit www.sunvalleycenter.org, call 208.726.9491, or visit The Center’s box office at 191 Fifth Street East in Ketchum.