Terry George had been nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for his feature film Hotel Rwanda, so it is perhaps no surprise that the Academy awarded him the Best Short Film Oscar for The Shore. It is a gentle drama about a man returning to Northern Ireland with his grown daughter after 25 years in America. He feels he needs to track down an old friend and apologise for deserting him after he was shot during The Troubles. However, this is not a political film by any means.
Wish 143 by British filmmaker Ian Barnes was nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar in 2011. A black comedy written by Simon Bigwell, it follows the efforts of a young cancer patient, David, trying to fulfil his final wish: which is to lose his virginity. The charity offers him Gary Neville (the soccer player) instead and his friendly priest tries to deter him but David he is determined to pop his cherry before he pops his clogs.
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen, who also wrote the Oscar winning Election Night, The New Tenants are the eponymous gay couple who have moved into an apartment after the previous tenant was murdered. However, they have only been there a day when they now receive a series of unusual and unwanted visits that, due to their lack of baking knowledge, ends with most of the people dead.
The idea of another Holocaust film, even a short, is not necessarily enthralling. But you will have a lump in the back of your throat by the end of Oscar-winning Toyland (Spielzeugland). Set in 1942, and co-written with Johann Bunners, Toyland is the name a German mother invents when her son asks where his Jewish neighbours are going. An ending reminiscent of Sophie's Choice makes it all worthwhile. Click on captions to bring up subtitles.