A still from 'Negative Space' by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata of France, one of the Oscar-nominated films screening soon at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland.

Oscar nominated shorts screenings benefit AIFF

Local audiences will have an opportunity to watch acclaimed short films that have been nominated for an Academy Award starting Friday, Feb. 9, at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland. Proceeds from the Friday evening screenings of the animated and live action shorts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and documentary shorts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 will benefit the nonprofit Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF).

Oscar winners will be announced on March 4, so local film enthusiasts will be able to see the Academy Award nominees for animated, live action and documentary short films before the winners are declared. The Oscar-nominated shorts used to screen at the annual Ashland Independent Film Festival, where they were “a favorite of many attendees,” said AIFF Artistic and Executive Director, Richard Herskowitz. “We are grateful to Coming Attractions for bringing these short films to our audience in Ashland and allowing the opening nights to benefit AIFF.“

There will be a 10-minute intermission during each of the benefit screenings. Only one ticket is required to attend both the animated and live action shorts on Feb. 9. The programs will run for a week at the Varsity following the benefit screenings. AIFF members will receive a $2 discount off of regularly priced tickets purchased in person at the Varsity Box Office.

The Varsity Theatre is at 166 E. Main St. More information, including film descriptions, trailers, and ratings, is available at

Film fans are also invited to join the Ashland Independent Film Festival for the live broadcast of the 90th Annual Academy Awards from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Historic Ashland Armory in Ashland. Attendees can view the Oscars on the big screen, enjoy a five-course meal by Smithfields, a complimentary libation, cash bar, and red carpet photos. Tickets are $115 per person or $840 for a table of eight.

More information and tickets are available at

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