15. An Afternoon of Oscar Nominated Short Films at the Catlow Theater

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2014 Nominated Oscar Shorts Playing at the Catlow Theater

Don’t let the “Sold Out” sign go up at Barrington’s Catlow Theater before you get your tickets to the second annual Afternoon of 2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films coming up at the Catlow on Saturday, March 1st, the day before the 2014 Academy Awards.  The Village of Barrington just announced that tickets are now available and they sold like lightening last year.

The 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films Catlow Showing Sold Out Fast
The 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films Catlow Showing Sold Out Fast

Last year’s event was so wildly popular that the Village of Barrington Cultural Commission and the Catlow Theater just announced they will again be showing this year’s Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films and Live Action Shorts on Saturday, March 1st from 12 to 4 p.m.

Barrington-area movie lovers will have insider access to two of the most compelling and hardest to see Oscar-nominated film categories — Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film. There are five nominees in each category for a total of ten films.

2014 Nominated Oscar Shorts Playing at the Catlow Theater
2014 Nominated Oscar Shorts Playing at the Catlow Theater

This special viewing is just one day before the Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 Academy Awards and will feature all of the nominated films. The Animated Short Films will be shown first, beginning at 12:00 noon, followed by the Live Action Short Films, beginning at about 2:00 p.m.

This year’s Animated Short Films category includes:


A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.

Get a Horse

Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.

Mr. Hublot

The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.


A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.


Room on the Broom

A UK film based on the 2001 picture book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is the story of a kind witch who invites animals to join her on her broom.

The films in this category average a running time of less than 10 minutes.

By contrast, the nominated live-action films generally look at more serious subjects and average about 20 minutes in length. Several of the films examine life from the perspective of young children.

The nominations in the Live Action Category are:

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)


A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.


A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.

Helium trailer from Anders Walter on Vimeo.

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything

Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.

As a courtesy to families with younger children, there will be a brief intermission between the animated and live action showings if they choose not to watch the later films. Motion picture ratings are not currently available for all the films. However, you can CLICK HERE for previews and more information about each of the animated films and CLICK HERE for the live action films. at: .

This special event is sponsored by the Village of Barrington Cultural Commission. There are a limited number of seats available at the theater, so plan to purchase your tickets early. Tickets for this event are $10 each and are available at the Catlow Theater and Baloney’s Restaurant at 114 West Main Street in Barrington.

After the tickets sold out in 2013, we got our hands on a pair to give away and hosted contest called “Catlow Memories” to pick a winner.

365Barrington.com readers shared their favorite memories at the Catlow Theater for a chance to win the tickets to last year’s Oscar Shorts showing at the Catlow Theater.  CLICK HERE for a trip down memory lane and STAY TUNED!  We’re working on a ticket giveaway for this year’s event.  But don’t count on chance.  Buy your tickets early to be sure you have seats to this year’s show.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Catlow Theater - Courtesy of Leslie Rowe
Catlow Theater – Courtesy of Leslie Rowe

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