Rated R for violence and heavy themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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 shorts.

• Watch the trailers

Madre (Mother) (Spain, 2017, 19 minutes) 
Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen
A single mother receives a call from her 7-year-old son, who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father.

Fauve (Canada, 2018, 17 minutes)
Directed by Jeremy Comte
In a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Marguerite (Canada, 2017, 19 minutes)
Directed by Marianne Farley
An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires the nurse to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help the woman make peace with her past.

Detainment (Ireland, 2018, 30 minutes)
Directed by Vincent Lambe
Two 10-year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the 1993 James Bulger case.

Skin (USA, 2018, 20 minutes)
Directed by Guy Nattiv
In a small supermarket in a blue-collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

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