DO THIS – 2018 Oscar® Nominated Shorts at The Bioscope

For the last few years, the amazing team over at The Bioscope Independent Cinema over on Fox Street have hosted the coolest event. In collaboration with Shorts HD, each year they bring the Oscar® Nominated Shorts (short films) to Joburg so that people can watch all of the films together in one convenient place.

My friends and I have made a point to go for the last few years, and it’s become a bit of a tradition for us. I can honestly say that it’s one of my FAVOURITE events of the year – as a major cinephile (me and Michael Bolton both), it’s just the greatest way to see some really epic films that you might not be able to see otherwise. The films often come from all over the world, and they are generally fantastic – I mean, they wouldn’t be nominated otherwise, right?

The release includes films in two categories – live action, and animated, so you can either book tickets for both screenings, or just one if you’ve got something against animation or live action or are just a weirdo.

I’ve given you a little info on all the nominated films below so that you can get excited in advance.

The Oscar® Awards take place on March 4th and The Bioscope has screenings up until March 11th, so you can choose if you wanna go and see them before or after the winners are announced. I’ll be there this weekend, so if you book tickets, look out for me!

Buy tickets here.




Dear Basketball
Directed by: Glen Keane
On the eve of his retirement from basketball, NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child.

Garden Party
Directed by: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
A luxurious villa and its grounds have become home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone frogs and toads. While they enjoy the bounties on offer, including caviar and macaroons, the amphibians uncover the whereabouts of the villa’s owner.

Directed by: Dave Mullins
Lou, the guardian of the lost and found box at an elementary school, tries to teach young bully J.J. that giving to the other kids will make him feel better than stealing from them.

Negative Space
Directed by: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

Revolting Rhymes
Directed by: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer
The Wolf from the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the true and twisted story of his adventures and those of other characters in his world, including Snow White, Cinderella and Jack, the climber of beanstalks.


DeKalb Elementry
Directed by: Reed van Dyk
Steven, a mentally unstable twentysomething, enters an elementary school with a semi-automatic rifle. After he orders the school receptionist, Cassandra, to have the building evacuated, he holds her hostage and instructs her to call 911.

The Eleven O’Clock
Directed by: Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
A psychiatrist earnestly tries to help his delusional patient, but his efforts are complicated by the fact that the patient believes himself to be the doctor.

My Nephew Emmett
Directed by: Kevin Wilson, Jr
In 1955, two white men invade the home of Mose Wright, an African-American preacher in Mississippi, to abduct his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, who is visiting from Chicago.

The Silent Child
Directed by: Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old, is the youngest child in a family who are all hearing. Unable to communicate but about to start school, Libby is assigned a social worker who teaches her sign language.

Watu Wote / All of Us
Directed by: Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
Jua, a Christian living in Kenya, boards a chartered bus to visit a relative and is uncomfortable being surrounded by Muslim passengers. The bus is stopped by the violent terrorist group Al-Shabaab, whose members demand that the Muslims identify the Christian passengers.

This post is in no way sponsored or paid for – I just think this is an epic event that you should get your butt to. 

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