MONTCLAIR, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, all of the short films nominated for the Oscars this year will be shown at Buzz Aldrin Middle School in Montclair, NJ. The “Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival, founded and co-produced by Jeanne Reilly and Corinna Sager, will showcase all 15 shorts nominated in the Live Action, Animated and Documentary categories just ahead of the Academy Awards broadcast, which airs on Sunday, February 9. 

“These films always have great subject matters,” said Sager. “They’re very diverse, often times much more diverse than feature films.” In order to be considered a “short,” these films must clock in at 40 minutes or less. 

The “Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival was founded in 2010 and Reilly and Sager's mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of short films and the talented individuals behind them. The festival is a unique opportunity to view these nominated shorts. “Because they’re so short, they don’t get screened often,” said Sager. 

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The festival runs from 10am until approximately 5:30pm on Saturday. You can purchase an all-day pass for $25, or attend either the morning or afternoon sessions. This year, attendees will hear remarks by David W. Schoner, Assistant Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission, who will talk about New Jersey’s history as the birthplace of film and film production. 

To learn more about the nominated films, read synopses, and to purchase tickets, go to their website at