Oscar-nominated shorts to get marathon screening

The Academy Award nominees in all three short film categories - live action, animated and documentary - will get a marathon screening in Danbury on Saturday.

The annual event at the Palace Theatre, co-sponsored by the Hearst Movie & A Martini program, gives movie buffs a chance to see the short films that will be vying for Oscar gold on March 4.

Because many of the “shorts” run up to 25 or 30 minutes long, the event is being divided into three separate programs, starting with the animated films, and then moving on to live action. The day will end with a 7 p.m. showing of the documentary shorts, the longest of the three programs.

The animated short category includes a Pixar film, “Lou,” about schoolyard bullying, and “Revolting Rhymes,” a striking German-British adaptation of Roald Dahl poems.

The subject matter of the live action shorts ranges from the threat of a school shooting (”DeKalb Elementary”) to a comic view of male psychology (”The Eleven O’Clock”).

The documentary short division includes “Heaven is a traffic jam on the 405,” a widely acclaimed look at the brilliant and tortured Los Angeles artist Mindy Alper who has succeeded despite mental disorders, devastating depression and a 10-year period when she lost the ability to speak.

The short movies often showcase major feature film directors of tomorrow.

The Palace Theatre, 165 Main St., Danbury. Saturday, Feb. 10. Animated shorts at 2 p.m. Live action at 4 p.m. Documentaries at 7 p.m. Tickets $15 for each program. 203-794-9944, thepalacedanbury.com