2020 OSCAR-Nominated Shorts — Live Action

Director: Delphine Girard
Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart (Versus Production)
Synopsis: A night. A car. Alie is in trouble. To get by she must make the most important call of her life.
Director’s Biography: Born in the heart of the French-canadian winter, Delphine Girard moved to Belgium a few years later. After starting her studies as an actress, she transferred to the directing department at the INSAS in Brussels. Her graduation film, MONSTRE, won several awards in Belgium and around the world. After leaving the school, she worked on several films as an assistant director, children’s coach or casting director (“Our children” by Joachim Lafosse, “Mothers’ instinct” by Olivier Masset-Depasse) while writing and directing the short film CAVERNE, adapted from a short story by the american author Holly Goddard Jones. A SISTER is her second short film. She is currently working on her first feature and a fiction series.

Director: Meryam Joobeur
Producers: Habib Attia (Cinetelefilms), Sarra Ben-Hassen, Maria Gracia TUrgeon (Midi La Nuit), Meryam Joobeur, Annick Blanc and Andréas Rocksen
Synopsis: Mohamed is 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.
Director’s Biography: Tunisian-American writer/director Meryam Joobeur is a graduate of Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal. She is currently developing three feature films including the feature version of BROTHERHOOD and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Lab (2016) TIFF Talent Lab (2016) and the Rawi Screenwriter’s Lab (2016).

Director: Yves Piat
Producers: Damien Megherbi and Justin Pechberty
Synopsis: Two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangely, the animal is wearing headphones over its ears.
Director’s Biography: Yves Piat discovered the world of cinema through his technician work as a decorator and studio manager on
set. He developed the Nefta Football Club story by mixing a personal experience coming from his childhood and his observations after
several journeys in South Morocco.


Director: Bryan Buckley
Producers: Matt Lefebvre and Aura Santamaria
Synopsis: 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. Our story follows the events leading up to the tragic fire in 2017 that claimed the lives of 41 orphaned girls. SARIA is premiering at the 2020 Oscar Shorts.
Director’s Biography: The New York Times has dubbed Oscar-Nominee Bryan Buckley the “King of the Super Bowl,” having directed over 60 commercials for the big game since 2000. In 2013, Buckley wrote and directed the short film ASAD, which received an academy award nomination for “Best live action Short Film” and was cited by Archbishop Desmund Tutu in a speech as having helped stem xenophobia in his country. Buckley then followed up his short with two feature films – the 2015 Sundance Film Festival opener, THE BRONZE, and THE PIRATES OF SOMALIA, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. A 2010 Adweek Readers Poll named Buckley the Commercial Director of the Decade – he was also named one of the 50 best Creative Minds in the last 25 years by Creativity Magazine.

Buckley is an esteemed recipient of the DGA Award, multiple Emmys, and over 50 Cannes Lions. Most recently, he won the 2019 Cannes Grand Prix for his work on MARCH FOR OUR LIVES “GENERATION LOCKDOWN,” done in support of the S.42 Background Check Expansion Act.


Director: Marshall Curry
Producers: Jonathan Olson and Julia Kennelly and Elizabeth Martin
Synopsis: THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW tells the story of Alli (Maria Dizzia), a mother of young children who has grown frustrated with her daily routine and husband (Greg keller). But 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.

Inspired by a true story, the film was written and directed by three-time OSCAR-nominated documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry. Starring Tony-nominated Maria Dizzia (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, 13 REASONS WHY, WHILE WE’RE YOUNG); Greg keller (LAW AND ORDER); and Juliana Canfield (SUCCESSION).
Director’s Biography: Marshall Curry is a three-time Academy Award nominated documentary director, cinematographer, and editor. His films cover a wide range of interests and include STREET FIGHT, about Cory Booker’s first run for mayor of Newark, N.J.; RACING DREAMS, which tells the story of two boys and a girl who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers; IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, which chronicles a radical environmental group; POINT AND SHOOT, about an american who leaves home to join the Libyan revolution; and A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, about a Nazi rally that filled Madison Square Garden in 1939. His films have won top honors at Sundance and Tribeca, played in theaters and on television around the world, and earned two Emmy nominations and two Writers Guild of America nominations. Curry also Executive Produced and helped to edit MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS, a comedy documentary about the indie rock band, the National.