Rated R

The MFAH is the only venue in Houston presenting all three programs of short films nominated for 2019 Academy Awards. Before the winners are announced February 24, see the nominees on the big screen! Plus, you can vote for your favorite in each category: Animated Short Film, Live-Action Short Film, and Documentary Short Subject.

Read a New York Times review of all the short films.

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Black Sheep (UK, 2018, 27 minutes)
Directed by Ed Perkins
After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius’s family moves out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.

End Game (USA, 2018, 40 minutes)
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? Visionary medical practitioners work on the cutting edge of life and death.

Lifeboat (USA, 2018, 34 minutes)
Directed by Skye Fitzgerald
Volunteers from a German nonprofit organization risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts, pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night.

A Night at the Garden (USA, 2018, 7 minutes)
Directed by Marshall Curry
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism—an event largely forgotten from history. This film transports audiences to the chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America.

Period. End of Sentence (USA, 2018, 26 minutes)
Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi
In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.

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Various directors
Various languages with English subtitles
Various countries
Running Time
143 minutes
Digital, Color