February 5th, 2020 - 4:00 pm


The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be offering several screenings of the Oscar® nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, Best Animated Short Film, and Best Documentary (Short Subject) Film, beginning Friday, January 31, 2020. Check for screening times.

The nominees for Best Live Action Short films are:

“A Sister” takes place in one night, in the backseat of an unnerving rural car ride and Alie is in trouble. To get by she must make the most important call of her life. [2018, Belgium, 16 min, Rated: R].

“Brotherhood” centers on Mohamed, a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife. Tension between father and son rises over three days until reaching a breaking point. [2018, Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden, 25 min, Rated: R].

“The Neighbors’ Window” is inspired by a true story about Alli, a mother of young children who has grown frustrated with her daily routine and husband. Her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers that she can see into their apartment. [2019, USA, 20 min, Rated: R].

“Saria” is the tale of two inseparable orphaned sisters, Saria and Ximena, as they fight against daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at Virgen de la Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala. The story follows the events leading up to the tragic fire in 2017. [2019, USA, 22 min, Rated: R].

“Nefta Football Club” is the story of two football fan brothers who come across a donkey lost in the middle of the desert. Strangely, the animal is wearing headphones over its ears. [2018, France/Tunisia, 17 min, Rated: R].

Screenings for Best Live Action short films are 4:00 pm Friday (Jan 31), 7:00 pm on Saturday (Feb 1), 1:00 pm Monday (Feb 3) and 4:00 pm Thursday (Feb 6).

The nominees for Best Animated Short films are:

“Daughter” is the story of a girl who finds a dead bird and wants to share her pain with her father, but he is concerned only about her worries and doesn’t pay attention to her wishes. The girl rocks in her inner world. Only as an adult and in the hospital, when her father is dying, does his daughter understand that he has always loved her. [2019, Czech Republic, 15 min, Rated: PG-13].

“Hair Love” is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across - doing his daughter’s hair for the first time. [2019, US, 7 min, Rated: PG-13].

“Henrietta Bulkowski” is about a determined young woman, crippled with a severe hunchback, who will stop at nothing to fulfill her dream of seeing the world. This is the story of how she finds happiness. [2019, USA, 16 min, Rated: PG-13].

In “Hors Piste,” two best rescue workers in the region take off for their umpteenth mission. Professionalism and efficiency are all around, but things don't really go as planned.

[2019, France, 5 min, Rated: PG-13].

“Kitbull” reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a Pit Bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time. [2019, USA, 9 min, Rated: PG-13].

“Maestro” takes place deep into a forest, where a gathering of wild animals starts a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel. [2019, France, 2 min, Rated: PG-13].

“Memorable” is the story of Louis, a painter, who is experiencing strange events. His world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furniture, objects and people lose their realism. They are destructuring, sometimes disintegrating. [2019, France, 12 min, Rated: PG-13].

In “Sister,” a man thinks back to his childhood memories in China of growing up with an annoying little sister in the 1990’s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently? [2018, USA/China, 8 min, Rated: PG-13].

“The Bird and the Whale” is comprised of 4,300 paintings created by a small team of female artists in Dublin, Ireland. The animated film tells the story of a young whale, struggling to find its voice, who finds a caged bird that is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. [2018, Ireland, 6 min, Rated: PG-13].

Screenings for Best Animated Short films are 7:00 pm Friday (Jan 31), 4:00 pm Saturday     (Feb 1) and 1:00 pm Sunday (Feb 5).

The nominees for Best Documentary Short films are:

“In the Absence,” chronicles the story of the passenger ferry MV Sewol that sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014 where over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from the national authorities. [2018, South Korea, 29 min, Rated: R].

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write - and skateboard - in Kabul. In Afghanistan, many young girls are not able to participate in sports. Cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything.

2018, UK/USA/Afghanistan, 40 min, Rated: R].

“Life Overtakes Me” tells the story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state. In Sweden, over 400 refugee children have been afflicted with this life-threatening psychosomatic illness, and the film will accompany two of them and their families on their frightening odyssey through Resignation

Syndrome. [2019, USA, 37 min, Rated: R].

“St. Louis Superman” is about Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri house of Representatives. He must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community. [2019, USA, 28 min, Rated: R].

“Walk Run Cha-Cha” is the story of Paul and Millie Cao who fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Years later they finally reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time on the dance floor. Shot over a period of six years, this documentary is an intimate, beautifully-crafted story about immigration, transformation and the power of love. [2019, USA, 20 min, Rated: R].

Screenings for Best Documentary Short films are 2:00 pm Sunday (Feb 2) and 4:00 pm Wednesday (Feb 5).

Admission is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (November 5 – 11, 2020). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at, or call 302-645-9095.

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