Do you want to know the secret to winning this year’s Oscar ballot? Watch the short films! On Sunday, February 8 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, the Ryder Film Series and the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation will co-host The Oscar Shorts Festival – a viewing of the 10 Academy Award nominees in the categories of Best Animation and Best Live-Action Short Films.

The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott reviewed this year’s nominees, stating that the short films “offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.”

Now the Bloomington community has the opportunity to see the Oscar Shorts and weigh in on the strongest contenders for the 2015 awards season. During the screenings, viewers can cast their vote for Best Short Film and those who pick the Oscar-winning film will receive a complimentary ticket to another Ryder film and will be entered into a drawing for Dinner for Two at FARMbloomington.

Tickets are $7 per category (animation/live-action) or $10 for both, and can be purchased in advance at the BCT box office or online (admission is free for children ages 7 and under).

February 8th Showtimes:

2:15 p.m. – Animation

4:00 p.m. – Live-Action

6:15 p.m. – Animation

8:00 p.m. – Live-Action

For more information about The Ryder Film Series and the Oscar Shorts Festival, click here.