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Live action, animation and documentary nominees will be showcased in three theatrical events

Shorts HD and Magnolia will release this year’s Oscar nominated short films in over 250 theaters across the U.S., Canada and Europe on Jan. 31. Over 400 theaters will ultimately screen the movies during the theatrical run.

This will be the only chance for audiences to watch the shorts before Oscar Sunday on March 2.

“The Oscar Nominated Short Films” will showcase the live action, animation and documentary nominees in three separate theatrical events. Past Oscar winners (including Shawn Christensen, Matthew Modine, Peter Webber and Lucy Walker) will host screening events in their respective genres.

“The audience for premium-quality, short form storytelling is exploding with the growth of ‘Constant Content,'” ShortsHD chief executive Carter Pilcher said in a press release. “Shorts films are in the ‘zone’ for today’s fast-paced movie fans, and audiences this year are in for a treat — the Oscar Shorts this year contain some of the best films they’ll see all year, bar none … because the Oscar Shorts is where the REAL ‘American hustle’ is fast underway.”

“2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films” was one of the most successful indie releases in the nation last year, grossing over $2.1 million to date — up 28% from 2012. It cracked 2013’s top 200 grossing films list.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s releases:

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM NOMINEES

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” (Director: Esteban Crespo). Synopsis: Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” (Directors: Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras). Synopsis: Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.

“Helium” (Directors Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson). Synopsis: A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.

“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” (Directors: Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari). Synopsis: Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.

“The Voorman Problem” (Directors: Mark Gill and Baldwin Li). Synopsis: A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god.

ANIMATED SHORT FILM NOMINEES

“Feral” (Directors Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden). Synopsis: A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.

“Get a Horse!” (Directors: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim). Synopsis: Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.

“Mr. Hublot” (Directors: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares). Synopsis: The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.

“Possessions” (Director: Shuhei Morita).  Synopsis: A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.

“Room on the Broom” (Directors: Max Lang and Jan Lachauer). Synopsis: A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT NOMINEES

“Cavedigger” (Director Jeffrey Karoff). Synopsis: New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.

“Facing Fear” (Director: Jason Cohen). Synopsis: As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.

“Karama Has No Walls” (Director: Sara Ishaq). Synopsis: When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” (Directors:  Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed). Synopsis: At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world’s oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” (Director: Edgar Barens).  Synopsis: In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.

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