Shorts 19 minutes Director: Soham Mehta Armory Fri 12:00pm

A father leaves India to chase his dreams in America; three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. Fatakra (“firecracker”) tells the story of the sparks that fly as their dreams collide with reality, invoking the ancient story of the warrior Arjuna and the God Shiva.

Winner of a Student Academy Award.

URL: http://www.sohammehta.com/films/fatakra/

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Shorts 11 minutes Director: Peter McDonald

In 1977 Ireland an 11-year-old boy learns to rebel against his father and the community in a funny coming-of-age story. Against his will, Damian Lynch is called in at the last moment to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in the local parish. Following his last failed appearance as an altar boy, he is serving a three month ban from his only passion in life — football.

To make matters worse, Damian’s team, Liverpool FC, is playing in its first European cup final in two weeks' time. His father offers him a reprieve and a chance to see the big game if he serves the mass correctly. Damien now faces a choice: either conform to the status quo or never watch his beloved Liverpool play again.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

URL: www.emuproductions.ie

Shorts 24 minutes Director: Max Zähle

A childless German couple adopts four year old Raju from an orphanage in Kolkata. When the boy disappears and the Indian police give them little hope, the adoptive parents realize they are part of the problem.

Nominated for an Academy Award: Live Action Short Film and winner of a Student Academy Award: Foreign Film. [subtitles]

URL: raju-film.com

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore 
Shorts 15 minutes Director: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg

This delightful story of people who devote their lives to books, and books who return the favor, is inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton and The Wizard of Oz. Morris’s books are blown away in a storm and his library is reconstituted by whimsical volumes that fly like birds. As he grows old he realizes that his flying books have the power to outlive him.

 Using a hybrid style of animation techniques — miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation — it harkens back to silent films and technicolor musicals while being old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

 Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.  

URL: http://morrislessmore.com/
Time Freak 
Shorts 11 minutes Director: Andrew Bowler

A neurotic inventor creates a time machine—only to get lost in yesterday. Through the narrative of a man lost in time, this science fiction story focuses on a personal story of regret, friendship and the sacrifices those closest to us are willing to make.

Nominated for an Academy Award Best Short Film: Live Action