Independent Shorts Awards

Deadbolt

Two couples are desperate to get out of the financial hole they’re in. When one suggests a burglary, it turns out to not be as easy as planned.
Directed by Michael McCallum (USA)

Let’s Share The Moon

Two children teach us the true meaning of friendship and togetherness in today’s divided world in a colorful and musical film beautifully shot in Varanasi, India.
Directed by Mayank Bokolia (India)

The Silencer

A man comes home to find a hitman sitting in his dining room. The events that ensue reveal that he may have a history with this hitman.
Directed by Julian Bate-Vergette (Canada)

Redemption

In the darker side of a tumultuous pandemonium, four wanted men are hunted down by an infamous assassin.
Directed by Bharath Raj Kartha (India)

If You’re Feeling Dizzy, Whine

Ye-Sul, a Korean American college student, decides to host a Korean graduation party out of desperation for returning to the Korean community once her Student Visa has expired. When she gets humiliated by one of her peers, Hyun-Shik, she decides to take vengeance against him in the pettiest way possible.
Directed by Hyunseung Hahn (South Korea)

Close To Home

Put yourself in another’s shoes as we explore core social issues that plague today’s society.
Directed by Ian Stack (USA)

La Débutante

“La Débutante” journeys into the life of a 56-year-old trans woman who realizes it’s either transition or death.
Directed by Lena Tosta (Brazil)

More Women Leaders Needed Everywhere

“More Women Leaders Needed Everywhere” is a call for and celebration of women’s leadership. It’s been almost 100 years since women got the right to vote – but this right wasn’t granted to all women (initially only to white women). It took an additional four decades for this right to include women of color. Furthermore, the right to vote didn’t grant women a place at the table or as decision makers. As we enter a new wave of the women’s movement, we have the opportunity to transform and heal our racist and sexist roots and look deeper than simply replacing men leaders with women. “More Women Leaders Needed Everywhere” shines a spotlight on women from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore women’s rights and leadership from intersectional, multi-generational and multi-racial perspectives. We went into the field and asked women at the Oakland Women’s march – what kind of women do you want to see in leadership? What are the values you want to see reflected? How can we be the ones we have been waiting for?
Directed by Kirthi Nath (USA)

Béa

Seven-year-old Béa’s world changes as her young mother tries to reconnect with her estranged aunt in this love-letter to misunderstanding.
Directed by José Esteban Pavlovich Salido (Mexico)