Independent Shorts Awards

Kickback

An aspiring musician struggles to look for inspiration while coping with change.
Directed by Ishan Parikh (USA)

Ginger

24 hours in Salar de Uyuni: A man, all alone by himself. Not a single soul around. He wants to be alone, with his thoughts. Just him, his mind and a surreal environment. Until another human being breaks the silence and interrupts this chosen loneliness.
Directed by Markus Stoll (Germany)

Sound Sleep

What will happen when you develop a strange condition which leads to insomnia? This silent short film is a story of a woman who has difficulty sleeping; find out how she gets what she wants most in her life — The Sound Sleep!
Directed by Bharathkumar Balemane (USA)

The Story of 90 Coins

How much is a promise worth these days? An aspiring fashion designer finds out when she has to choose between fulfilling her promise and realizing her dream.
Directed by Michael Wong (China)

After We Have Left Our Homes

Under a dictatorship that has banned music, a man hides a recording until he is caught and imprisoned. Whilst paying for his crimes he stumbles across a repository of confiscated items, leading to a series of events that will forever change the city.
Directed by Marc Adamson (UK)

The Morning After

A backpacker awakes at dawn in a rice paddy field outside Siem Reap… with no knowledge of how he got there, what happened the night before – or where his girlfriend is.
Directed by Leanne Mangan (Australia)

Reckless

Researchers believe that if no solution is found for the water crisis of Iran, a big part of the seven-thousand-year-old county will be unlivable within twenty years because of drought…
Directed by Alireza Dehghan (Iran)

Waiting

Life can change in a moment when opportunities we wait for are missed.
Directed by Sanelle Sibanda (USA)