Independent Shorts Awards

Lucid

Richard’s dreams are haunted by visions of his deceased little brother. He tries to use Lucid Dreaming to get closer, but as he does, he realizes that a sinister imposter awaits his slumber, leeching off every anguished memory. Soon, his waking life and dreams become blurred into one inescapable nightmare.
Directed by Jack Barrie (UK)

The Newcomers

In the not too distant future, an alien race has come to our planet with the intention of helping us create a utopia. But change is not easy, and sacrifices will have to be made. What would you be willing to do to save the species?
Written by Joe Wakefield (USA)

The Handler

Jonathan Doge, known as Dog, is a Vietnam Vet MWD Handler and retired K9 Sheriff with a guilty secret. He returns to his hometown after ten years only to sniff-out an underground crime ring. When he pokes his snout in their show business, they try to put him down. He recovers in secret until he is once again who he was trained to be. Redemption through revenge for all the right reasons.
Directed by Lawrence Whitener (USA)

One Last Time

When Jessie decides to get help from Euthanasia due to her incurable cancer, she wants her family’s full support. She invites family and her closest friends to a last big dinner where her plan is to pay tribute to life. But instead of support, she meets sad and angry people whom she has to explain herself for.
Directed by Alexander Lönn (Sweden)

Spice Affair

An overcritical Indian chef fires all his incompetent employees, in order to match his father’s excellence. In his fight for perfection, he realizes that teamwork and collaboration is the key to success.
Directed by Rushikesh Bhadane (USA)

Genesis

A fantasy short film with a critical point of view about the horrible situation in Syria.
Directed by Abtin Mozafari (Iran)

Bitter Sweet

“Bitter Sweet” is the story of Alex Scott and her lemonade stand movement, fighting childhood cancer one cup at a time.
Directed by Jackie Prata (USA)

My Week With Maisy

Mrs. Foster has just received the news that she has cancer. Anxious about starting her chemotherapy treatment, she forms a friendship that gives her much more than just a glimmer of hope.
Written by Mark Oxtoby (UK)