The availability of these films marks a significant strategic shift from recent years when the shortlisted films were almost always kept offline even after the shortlist was announced. The scarcity strategy hurt everybody, especially the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which was presenting an award for films that almost no one had seen.
Now, by releasing the films online, filmmakers have an opportunity to create awareness and discussion around their films, while the Academy benefits by having a category in which people are invested in the nominees and rooting for specific films.
And best of all, you can see the films. Check out all of the films below. We’ll update this post if other filmmakers decide to share their films online.
Age of Sail — John Kahrs (USA)
Animal Behaviour — Alison Snowden, David Fine (Canada)
Bao — Domee Shi (USA)
Bilby — Pierre Perifel, J.P. Sans, Liron Topaz (USA)
Bird Karma — William Salazar (USA)
Grandpa Walrus (Pépé le Morse) — Lucrèce Andreae (France)
Late Afternoon — Louise Bagnall (Ireland)
Lost & Found — Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley Slabe (Australia)
One Small Step — Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas (USA/China)
Weekends — Trevor Jimenez (USA)