Independent Shorts Awards

The Grimoire Chapters: Rem

In 1968, a deadly sleep experiment took place at the Parker family residence. A crime that would go down in infamy and sets in motion a series of events, leading to a startling killing spree in 1988. Who or what is the connection? The beginning of a perilous quest for knowledge in the Grimoire’s darkest chapter yet.
Directed by Michael Davis (USA)

The Pacific: Beyond Words

“The Pacific: Beyond Words” – this is the title that we come to trying to put into words our feelings that were arising while travelling on the islands of the Pacific.
Directed by Andrii Andreiev and Olga Andreieva (Ukraine)

Esther

1878: In a remote village, a vulnerable teenage girl faces the most terrifying night of her life when a threatening message mysteriously appears on her bedroom wall: You’re mine to kill.
Directed by Rain (Xiaolin) Zheng (USA)

Epilog

A man tormented by jealousy faces his inner demons during an eerie therapy session where fantasy and reality intermingle.
Directed by David Reynie (USA)

Setback of the Spirit

“Setback of the Spirit” portrays the Palestinian cause through the life of a ‘Jeddeh’, a grandparent that finally returns with her grandson to one of the Palestinian cities after the demise of the occupation.
Directed by Sa’ed Arouri (Jordan)

You and Me

Two college-time friends embark on a long drive on a Sunday morning, leaving their bustling city lives behind. As they amble through the hilly roads, they reveal to each other, their old longings and hidden pasts. Their rose-tinted nostalgia is broken and they come face to face with their imperfect lives.
Directed by Mrigank Dubey (India)

Sherry

“Sherry” is an experimental documentary film which witnesses the private life of Robert, a 75 years old gentleman from Orange County. Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry.
Directed by Eliane Lima (USA)

Roulette

A man struggles to differentiate reality and fantasy in the wake of his girlfriend cheating on him.
Directed by Christopher Greening (USA)

White Noise

Said is doing his first night of duty as a security guard under the bridge in the middle of Beirut. With only a walkie-talkie and a torch, he is trying to take his job seriously. At sunrise, the city will have crushed him…
Directed by Ahmad Ghossein and Lucie La Chimia (Lebanon)

Hotel Al Naim

The octopus believes that the hand in front of it is a prey, but it doesn’t know that behind every hand, there is an arm…
Directed by Shirin Abu Shaqra and Manuel Maria Perrone (Lebanon)