Oscars 2024: Films from the Festival
The Oscars is one of the most prestigious awards in film. We are thrilled to see so many wonderful titles from Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2023 shortlisted this year. Laugh along with light-hearted avian misadventures. Watch Sean Wang’s heart-warming homage to his grandmothers. Meet Laili, as she walks into a Chadari store.
Animated Short Film
BOOM | Augerai, Augier, De Figueiredo, Di Cicco, Jacquin
We follow a couple of dumb birds trying their best to protect their eggs from a volcanic eruption. Chaos ensues as they try to come up with increasingly silly ways to escape the island. Will they all make it out in one piece?
Letter to a Pig | Tal Kantor
Letter to a Pig won Best Animation at Aesthetica 2023. Here, a man reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life. A school girl hears his testimony in class and sinks into a dream that confronts identity and humanity.
Documentary Short Film
Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó | Sean Wang
Nai Năi is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, farts and stretches their sorrows away. Sean Wang’s short won Best Documentary at Aesthetica 2023.
Watch the trailer here.
Live Action Short Film
Good Boy | Tom Stuart
Out of money and out of luck, a desperate Danny (portrayed by BAFTA-winner Ben Whishaw) attempts to rob a bank with the help of his wholly anarchic mum, Jackie (played by SAG-winner Marion Bailey).
Yellow | Elham Ehsas
In Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Laili walks into a Chadari store in Kabul to buy her first full body veil from a Talib shop-keeper. Ehsas’s topical film Yellow is the story of navigating a future governed by oppression.
Invisible Border | Mark Gerstorfer
Set in Vienna, Austria, the film explores a deportation in the middle of the night. Police officer Nancy and her colleague Albert have the task of evicting a family. The short won Aesthetica’s Best Drama Award in 2022.
Cover image: “Yellow” dir. Elham Ehsas