2017 Oscar Nominated Short films Festival

Feb 24 - 26


2017 Oscar Nominated Short films Festival

Feb 24 - 26







2017 Oscar nominated Short Films Festival


Celebrate the 89th Academy Award-nominated short films with us at the Cody Theater. Short films from around the globe will be screened during the 1st Oscar-Nominated Short Films Fest February 17-26, at the Cody Theatre, located in downtown Cody at 1171 Sheridan Ave in Cody, Wyoming.

The 15 films (plus three highly commended animated shorts) were created by filmmakers from Canada, the UK, Hungary, Denmark, Spain, France, Switzerland, and the USA. A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26th.

All three categories will be offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners.  All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for movie tickets.  

The films will be shown in three alternating groups over the two weekends of the festival. Admission to each individual screening session is $7 adults (age13 – 59), $6 senior (60+), $5 children (age 5-12).

Documentary Oscar Shorts

Feb 24

Documentary Oscar Shorts

Feb 24

Sunday Feb 19 - 3 & 7pm Friday Feb 24 - 3 & 7pm          

Sunday Feb 19 - 3 & 7pm

Friday Feb 24 - 3 & 7pm






Documentary Oscar Nominated Short Films

Sunday Feb 19 - 3 & 7pm-  Friday Feb 24 - 3 & 7pm

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM (Running time: 155 minutes) suitable for ages 16+,

Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes

Synopsis: During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.

Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes

Synopsis: At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.

4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes

Synopsis: Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.

 Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK, 39 minutes

Synopsis: Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.

The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, UK, 41 minutes

Synopsis: In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.


Animated Oscar Shorts 2017

Sat Feb 25

Animated Oscar Shorts 2017

Sat Feb 25

Friday Feb 17 - 3 & 7 pm Saturday Feb 25 - 3 & 7 pm      

Friday Feb 17 - 3 & 7 pm

Saturday Feb 25 - 3 & 7 pm




Animated Oscar Nominated Short Films

ANIMATED SHORTS (Running Time: 86 minutes) suitable for ages 10+, except for final nominated film

Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there is violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it is not appropriate for children. We will have a warningcard come up prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they'd like.

Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes

Synopsis: A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes

Synopsis: Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes

Synopsis: Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, PIPER, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.

Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes

Synopsis: Vaysha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities.

The Head Vanishes (additional film) – 9 minutes

Asteria (additional film) – 5 minutes

Once Upon a Line (additional film) – 7 minutes

Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes

Synopsis: Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really liked to do. And fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident. Yeah, he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.




Oscar Nominated Live Action

Sun Feb 26

Oscar Nominated Live Action

Sun Feb 26

 Saturday Feb 18 3 & 7pm Sunday Feb 26 3pm & 7pm              

 Saturday Feb 18 3 & 7pm

Sunday Feb 26 3pm & 7pm








Live Action Oscar Nominated Short Films

Sun Feb 26 3pm & 7pm

LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 130 minutes)  suitable for ages 16+

Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes

Synopsis: Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school - singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth.

Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger's arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lie about the theft, and when Kwame moves in with Inger they are happy for a while… until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.

Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes

Synopsis: An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France's troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.

La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters – two anonymous writers sharing their world with each other… until the day the train line gets cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.

The Eagle Huntress

March 3-5

The Eagle Huntress

March 3-5

Friday& Saturday March 3 & 4 -   7 pm Sunday March 5 - 3 & 7 pm      

Friday& Saturday March 3 & 4 -   7 pm

Sunday March 5 - 3 & 7 pm




The Eagle Huntress

Documentary (Running Time: 87 minutes) Rated G

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined. The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father's eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train, and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue. After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure 40 below zero temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress. THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is executive produced and narrated by STAR WARS's Daisy Ridley. Like Ridley's character "Rey," Aisholpan never doubts her ability to be as strong or brave as any boy. She recognizes no obstacles and refuses to have her ambition denied. While she practices an ancient art, Aisholpan's story is a modern and inspiring one because she represents a world where a young girl's dreams-no matter how challenging-can come true. Directed by Otto Bell, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is narrated by Daisy Ridley, executive produced by Ridley, Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, and produced by Stacy Reiss, Sharon Chang and Otto Bell. The director of photography is Simon Niblett, the editor is Pierre Takal and the film features a stirring end credits song, "Angel by the Wings," by Sia.




World to Wyoming

March 4

World to Wyoming

March 4







SAVE the DATE - March 4,2017 FREE presentation
World to Wyoming 2017 – “Tea, Trade and Tyranny: Tibet and China over Time” with Mark Jenkins

March 4 Cody Theater in Cody
- What in the World? Student International Fieldwork Presentations – Cody Theatre @ 1:00 p.m.
- Mark Jenkins at the Cody Theatre at 2:30 p.m.

Tibet and China have had a complex relationship for 1500 years. Wars have been fought, treaties signed, then ignored in the next conquest. But there was always trade. In this presentation, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins takes us on a journey down the forgotten Tea Horse Road. For almost 1000 years there was a stone-paved road that connected Ya’an, the tea-growing capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the 12,000-foot high capital of Tibet. Tea was essential to daily life in Tibet, and China’s feudal kingdoms needed war horses. For centuries China and Tibet were on equal footing, but the ascendency of China in the second half of the 20th century has devastated Tibet and Tibetan culture. With National Geographic images, Jenkins reveals the modern lives of the Tibetans, and the Chinese, and the geopolitics that have always connected them.

Mark Jenkins is a critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist who covers geopolitics and adventure for National Geographic. A Wyoming native and graduate of UW, he is the author of four books and his work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines. The What in the World? Student Presentations feature three UW students reporting on their international fieldwork from summer 2016. The projects range from fieldwork in The Gambia, West Africa exploring why and how people migrate to Europe, greenhouse projects run by harnessing waste heat in Wyoming and northern Europe, challenges to delivering development in Guatemala and Iraq, and conservation of endangered bird species in Ecuador.

Mark Jenkins Bio: A critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist, Jenkins covers geopolitics, the environment and adventure for National Geographic. Jenkins’ writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” story about landmines in Cambodia and a National Magazine Award for photojournalism with colleague Brint Stirton, for “Who Murdered The Mountain Gorillas” – both of which were the focus of previous World to Wyoming tours around Wyoming. Jenkins’ is the author of four books and his work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines. He has his BA in Philosophy and MS in Geography from the University of Wyoming.

About the Center for Global Studies. The Center advances the University of Wyoming to the next level of excellence in internationally-focused, interdisciplinary research. Its mission is to enhance international competencies at home in order to prepare Wyoming students – particularly the 90% who have not had an international experience – as well as faculty, communities and businesses to compete and succeed in a global economy. This Center provides a model for creating and enhancing: 1) international fieldwork, research and internship opportunities for Wyoming students, including establishment of graduate fellowships and scholarships to reward top students doing international research; 2) faculty research opportunities as well as the hosting of international experts/practitioners; and 3) outreach, speakers, and symposia at UW and around the state. The Center accomplishes its mission by providing access to funding and expertise, leading to expanded and enriched international experiences for students, faculty, the campus, and the state.

Special thanks to the UW Office of Academic Affairs, Global and Area Studies, Outreach School, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, Buffalo Bill Center for the West, National Wildlife Museum and our Wyoming college partners who help us bring the World to Wyoming tour around Wyoming. For more information please contact Dr. Jean Garrison, Director of the Center for Global Studies at 307-766-6119 or garrison@uwyo.edu.