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The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films ~ Live-Action & Animation
Cincinnati World Cinema at Memorial Hall

Join us for CWC's 17th annual Oscar Shorts... The only opportunity in the metro area to see all of the nominated shorts on the big screen at the same time and in the same place.

Welcome students / young filmmakers from NKU, Cincinnati State, Mother of Mercy and the College Film Festival.

Program A, Live Action, 4:00  &  Program B, Animation, 7:00


Program B, Animation, 4:00  &  Program A, Live Action, 7:00

Beth David
    Both the live-action and animated shorts this year offer excellent writing and execution, making for entertaining and memorable programs. With four dramas and one comedy, the live action nominees – many inspired by real events – bring us emotional presentation of timely issues.
    With personal stories and varied techniques, the animated nominees epitomize diversity. Included are naughty frogs, the lessons we share with our children, a basketball hero, a mash-up of fairy tales a la Roald Dahl recounted by a street-wise wolf, and a Pixar kid conquering sadness.
    ☀ Help us welcome special guest Beth David and her film "In A Heartbeat," a Student Academy Award winner and Oscar animation short list selection. Beth will talk with CWC audiences after Program B, on both Saturday and Sunday.

This event is dedicated to the memory of longtime performing and visual arts advocate Ken Schonberg.

More about Ken...

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Program breakouts: show date/time, film title, director, year, country, run time, brief synopsis.


Q & A with Filmmaker Beth David

Saturday, March 10, 7:00 Program B
Sunday, March 11, 4:00 Program B

In preparation for her visit to her hometown, Beth David sent along her bio: Beth David

   "Hi, I'm Beth. I draw pictures and tell stories, usually at the same time.
   "I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio drawing comics and cartoons for the entertainment of myself and my four brothers. My love of drawing and telling stories, paired with a passion for film and television, led me to Ringling College of Art + Design where I studied computer animation and graduated in May 2017.
   "There, I created the animated short film In a Heartbeat with Esteban Bravo, which we wrote, developed, and completed together.
   "Now, I'm an animator at Blue Sky Animation Studios and continue to develop films, shorts, and stories with my film partner, Esteban."


Initially conceived as a boy - girl drama, Beth and Esteban elected to personalize and change the storyline to a boy - boy scenario. From inception in 2016 as a thesis project at the esteemed Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, through the film's release in April 2017, the creation process was arduous. Especially when knowing that a film without dialogue must rely upon excellence in animation, story flow and music that sets the moods and adds continuity.

A sign of the project's popularity and future success became evident during the fundraising process – based on positive response to their concept trailer they raised almost five times their Kickstarter goal. Which in turn allowed them to work closely with composer Arturo Cardelús enhancing the musical score, as well as ultimately entering a greater number of film festivals.

Beth David and Esteban Bravo In a Heartbeat was one of about 1,600 entries in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student Academy Awards Competition and won the Gold Medal in the Animation category. As a result, their work was included in the ten-film short list for this year's Oscar animated short film nominees. It was not selected for the final five, but CWC is delighted to screen it with the Oscar Shorts this year – we think you'll agree that it holds its own with the rest of the field.

The thoughtful and tender storytelling drew attention from the media and the public, with coverage by The New York Times and People. It was featured in Time as one of the top ten viral videos for 2017 and in seven months has garnered roughly 35 Million views on YouTube.

Through it all, Beth and Esteban seem humbled by the experience. Just as important as industry recognition and social media views, they say, is the positive feedback from the public and the conversations held with viewers at festivals. In a Heartbeat clearly resonates with millions of Americans – gay and straight, men and women, young and old – which, they believe, fosters an improving climate of acceptance and tolerance, making it all worthwhile for these promising young filmmakers.
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