Trenton Film Society

2016 Oscar Shorts Weekend

Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27, 2016


The ever popular screening of Oscar Short entries in run-up to Sunday, 2/28 Oscar awards ceremony. Book early to avoid sell-outs!

This year we are offering a special Saturday Night Double Feature of both the live action and animated shorts with a reception during intermission. Enjoy refreshments and conversation while casting ballots for your picks to win the Oscars! Ballots that correctly pick the winners will be entered to win a raffle for passes to our other film festivals!

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See film descriptions or click on showtimes below to buy tickets.


Documentary Shorts – Two-Part Program

(Running Time: 87 minutes and 76 minutes, with 15-minute intermission featuring locally-roasted coffee and cookies)
Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes
Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minute
Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes

Buy Tickets:
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm


Animated Shorts

(Running Time: 86 minutes)
Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes
World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes
Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes
Additional films: If I was God, The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse, The Loneliest Spotlight, Catch It
Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes
Important note: The final film in the program, Prologue, one of the five nominees, is not suitable for young children. A Parental Guidance warning will be shown prior to this short, so that parents may exit at this time. Other than Prologue, the rest of the program is acceptable for all ages.

Buy Tickets:
Saturday, Feb. 27, 12:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 27, 4:00 pm


Live Action Shorts

(Running Time: 107 minutes)
Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes
Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes
Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes
Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes
Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes

Buy Tickets:
Saturday, Feb. 27, 1:50 pm


Special Double Feature!!

Live Action and Animated Shorts

Make a full evening of it and see both the live action and animation programs, with a 30-minute reception during intermission!

Buy Tickets:
Saturday, Feb. 27, 6:00 pm

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Quirky Comedy Festival: Friday, 11/13 – Saturday, 11/14

An eclectic mix of comedies from the 1960s through the 1980s, from slapstick parodies to screwball romances to socially conscious satires. Some may be old favorites, some are gems you may have missed.

Oscar Shorts: Thursday, 2/25 – Saturday, 2/27

The ever popular screening of Oscar Short entries in run-up to Sunday, 2/28 Oscar awards ceremony.

Trenton Film Festival: Wednesday, 3/30 – Sunday, 4/3

Unparalleled in diversity of subject matter, technique and filmmaker intention, films range from narrative features and documentaries to new media such as music video and web series. See work from accomplished filmmakers, students and filmmakers just starting out. A great opportunity to explore a wide breadth of film, meet many of the filmmakers and discover the local Trenton filmmaking scene!

International Film Festival: Wednesday, 6/8 – Saturday, 6/11

Compelling, poignant, sometimes funny stories, both true and fiction, from around the world are screened at the International Film Festival. Experience some of the most exquisitely beautiful and thought-provoking film that we screen!