Independent Shorts Awards

No Going Back

A mysterious woman hires our unnamed protagonist to recover her stolen black rooster. Accepting her offer means there’s no going back. “No Going Back” is a video music produced for the country-punk band “The Yawpers”.
Directed by Matias Vellutini (Brazil)

Move On

Official music video for an original song written and performed by Axl Avenido, featuring Jared Machado. “It’s a song to represent the feeling of being nowhere but at that point, it’s a matter of making the decision to go somewhere” (Axl Avenido).
Directed by Soorim Lee (USA)

Housing on Fire

The documentary begins with scenes from the 2009 Yongsan chamsa which was a fire that occurred in a clash between antidevelopment protesters and police. The Yongsan chamsa resulted in the deaths of five people: two antidevelopment protesters, two union members, and one policeman. However, the Yongsan chamsa was a deeper issue of inequitable urban development and lack of sound policies to protect tenants. The documentary involves interviews with the President of the Yongsan chamsa truth-clarification committee and a survivor of the Yongsan chamsa. The documentary moves on to an interview with a protester of a similar incident involving inequitable urban development.
Directed by Michelle Cho (South Korea)

Gender Equality: Starting the Conversation

A student tackles the important issue of gender inequality that is still prevalent in South Korea. By amplifying the voices of those in the immigrant community and by organizing one of the largest student-led exhibitions, Jamie strives to take steps towards a more equal society for all.
Directed by Jamie Song (South Korea)

Box Office Smash

The story of Office Man, who works in a box. He seems content fulfilling the requirements of his daily routine until a computer error changes everything… This quiet film invites us to contemplate the willing confinements in our own lives.
Directed by Phil Dunn (UK)

The Stitch

“The Stitch” is set near the LOC (Line of Control – not a recognized international boundary but a de facto border between India and Pakistan) in Baramulla/Uri, towards the extreme north of Kashmir. The film takes us into the life of a nine- year old girl, who takes respite in drawing despite the fact that to fulfill her little aspirations like going to school, she has to navigate difficult geographical terrains and occasionally a curfew or a crossfire. By zooming into the microcosm of the girl’s life, this short film endeavors to portray the larger story of Kashmir and the negotiations the people in any contested territory have to make in order to deal with the fissures in their geographical and personal identities. As a conscious act of resistance against the infidelity of language, there are no dialogues in the film.
Directed by Asiya Zahoor (India)