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Ohio Shorts 2021

25th Anniversary Event!

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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ohio Shorts—our annual spotlight on moving-image makers in the Buckeye State—with a special, in-person premiere screening at Columbus’s South Drive-In Theatre on April 15 and a live announcement of the $500 Jury Award. 

Showcasing Ohio’s vibrant and diverse filmmaking culture, this year’s event is curated by Cincinnati-based artist and Ohio Shorts alum Prentiss Haney, who also selected the recipient of the $500 Jury Award. The program includes 20 works that were selected out of 122 submissions from around the state.

The Audience Choice Award ($300) will be determined by online voting through a link provided at the end of the program. Voting is open through April 25. Use the list below or this program for reference.

“Being a part of Ohio Shorts was pivotal in my journey and development as an artist,” Haney recounts. “It was one of the first times I saw my artistry amplified and celebrated publicly. Ohio Shorts creates space for artists to be celebrated for who they are and for the important stories they need to tell. This year’s entries are no exception. I curated a show that reflected the energy and themes of 2020: isolation, connection, caring for one another, and social uprising. My creative audacity grew because of Ohio Shorts. I hope this event will inspire these artists to continue to reflect the times and tell powerful stories.”

See below for details about the event and for COVID-19 protocols at South Drive-In. For those unable to attend the in-person screening on April 15, you’ll have a chance to catch the program streaming on this page between April 17 and May 1. Captions will be provided for the streaming program. Between April 15 and 25, you’ll also be able to cast your vote online for the $300 Audience Choice Award, which will be announced on April 28. 

"Ohio Shorts creates space for artists to be celebrated for who they are and for the important stories they need to tell."
Prentiss Haney

Program lineup

Wilderness Days
(Jason Younkman, 2021, 11:11 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

Spring Outbreak
(Andrew Sanchez, 2020, 1:05 mins.)
Tustin, CA/Columbus | Adult Division

The Roaring 20s
(Skylar Moreau and Veronica Baldridge, 2021, 3:46 mins.)
Dublin Coffman High School | Youth Division

#FASHION2020
(Kyung Hoon “Steven” Lee, 2020, 3:30 mins.)
Macedonia, OH | Adult Division

A Day in Monotony
(Andrew Collins, 2020, 4:32 mins.)
Dublin Coffman High School | Youth Division

Bleeding on the Blank Page
(Michael McDermott, 2020, 3:24 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

Frog with Nipples
(Michelle Ellerman, 2020, 1:56 mins.)
Lancaster, OH | Adult Division

We’re Home Alone!"
(Lila Allen and Elsa Allen, 2020, 3:31 mins.)
Our Lady of Peace Elementart School | Youth Division

Sona VS
(Mackenzie Bigley, 2021, 2:40 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

Family Tree
(Kylie Anna Logan, 2020, 7:17 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

love.
(Maya Neyman, 2020, 3:28 mins.)
Beachwood, OH | Adult Division

Slushie
(Ben Evory, 2019, 14:26 mins.)
Dayton, OH | Adult Division

Uncle Zsiga
(Edit Jakab, 2020, 10:48 mins.)
Athens, OH | Adult Division

Push Forward
(A. J. Almy, 2020, 19:57 mins.)
Mantua, OH | Adult Division

Caregiving
(Eva Arnold, 2021, 1:46 mins.)
Stivers School for the Arts | Youth Division

Áine
(Alexandria Cree and Kristen Hilkert, 2020, 5:25 mins.)
Columbus, OH and Akron, OH | Adult Division

Sound Spring Seq. #6: The School and The Home,
(Catalina Alvarez, 2020, 11:02 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

J20
(Sonya Kapoor, 2021, 1:11 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

As a Matter of Black
(Donte Woods-Spikes, 2021, 8:21 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division

Standing in the Blink of a Night: For Casey Goodson Jr.
(John Landry, 2020, 5:49 mins.)
Columbus, OH | Adult Division
 

Know before you go

The South Drive-In Theatre is located at 3050 South High Street, on Columbus’s South Side. For the safety of our staff and patrons, we will be collecting patron information using COVID-19 contact tracing. For ease of entry, please bring a completed form with you to the event (blank forms are available here and at the bottom of this page). Forms will also be available in person at the gate.

Concessions are available through the South Drive-In, where all patrons will also be offered a free cup of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Please note that masks are required in certain areas at the Drive-In. We will offer free medical masks at the gate for those that need them.

For more information about what to expect at the South Drive-In, please see this helpful comic and visit www.drive-inmovies.com.

A black and white portrait photo of Prentiss Haney.

Prentiss Haney, photo: Kaliah Ware

A color film still that shows two dolls doing handstands on a gray couch

We’re Home Alone!" (Lila Allen and Elsa Allen, 2021)

A young person in glasses and a green blouse looks at two photographs resting on a purple table

Sound Spring Seq. #6: The School and The Home (Catalina Alvarez, 2021)

A still from an animation showing a figure with angularly drawn, purple and blue features waves goodbye to another figure in the distance beneath some more realistically drawn blue trees

Sona VS (Mackenzie Bigley, 2021)

A long-haired young person in a purple shirt and blue jeans walks along on a path in front of a deserted plowed field under a partly cloudy sky

A Day in Monotony (Andrew Collins, 2021)

A color close-up of an upset toddler in a bathing suit with wet face and hair; a subtitle reads "You go potty every time..."

Ainé (Alexandria Cree and Kristen Hilkert, 2021)

A colorful still from an animation featuring a frog in a pink bathrobe holding a green mug

Frog with Nipples (Michelle Ellerman, 2021)

A color still of three young people standing in front of microphones in front of a stained-glass window wearing white shirts with jeweled crosses and necklines

Slushie (Ben Evory, 2021)

A color close-up of a middle-aged man holding something handle-side up

Uncle Zsiga (Edit Jakab, 2021)

A color still showing the Ohio Statehouse on a sunny day with just a few people on its steps

J20 (Sonya Kapoor, 2021)

A black-and-white still showing people marching through the streets of Columbus at night; two people in the foreground wear shirts with the same drawn portrait of Casey Goodson Jr. and the words "Justice for Casey"

Standing in the Blink of a Night: For Casey Goodson Jr. (John Landry, 2021)

A color still showing three woman, two masked, looking down to the ground against an overcast sky

Family Tree (Kylie Anna Logan, 2021)

A black-and-white still showing a close-up of a late-1970s era home stereo system sat atop a milk crate with a few vinyl records stood in front of the grate; to the left of the turntable is a large speaker with no grille; in the background is an unpainted cinder-block basement wall

Bleeding on the Blank Page (Michael McDermott, 2021)

A color still showing a person in bed under a patterned yellow duvet in a very dimly lit room; the light of a screen reflects in the person's glasses

The Roaring 20s (Skylar Moreau and Veronica Baldridge, 2021)

A color still showing two people against a pink background; the person on the left hides their face with a bouquet of yellow flowers, and the person on the right holds up a large flat pink heart in front of theirs

love. (Maya Neyman, 2021)

A still from a computer-animated film showing the inside of a sunlit classroom with rows of empty desks and student-event posters on the back wall

Spring Outbreak (Andrew Sanchez, 2021)

A color close-up of a painted portrait of a man in a baseball hat with a card above the painting that reads "Henry Green, V"

As a Matter of Black (Donte Woods-Spikes, 2021)

A color close-up of a mural of a person's face painted on a brick wall; the eye is framed by a triangular hole roughly cut into a piece of wood painted green

Wilderness Days (Jason Younkman, 2021)

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