Independent Shorts Awards

Trans Rights are Human Rights

“Trans Rights are Human Rights” is a quote by Caroline Cossey who is a very well respected Transgender Rights Activist. This short film was inspired by her. It was shot in Connecticut and parts of Georgia.
Directed by Christopher Annino (USA)

Random Knowledge

The final round at a pub trivia game puts the random knowledge of six oddly-matched teammates to the test… but knowing is only half the battle.
Directed by Michael Charron (USA)

Attack of the Zombie Tumor’s

This is a true story of actress Nikki Moccia’s life on when she found out she was diagnosed with cancer. She was in the middle of shooting a zombie film when she found out she had stage 3 cancer in her face. The footage of her slaying zombies in the film that was utilized to help metaphorically describe her overcoming cancer.
Directed by Christopher Annino (USA)

Star in the East

Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album “Home Sweet Christmas” is the perfect match for such a creatively inspired music video. The claymation and stop-motion video was made by artist Marc Morgan, which pays homage to the classic Christmas movies of the ’60s that we all know and love. Detailing the Biblical story of the three wise men’s journey following the Christmas star to Bethlehem, the video not only offers a fun spin on the traditional Christmas story but also gives viewers a sense of nostalgia in the most enjoyable way. Garibaldi’s endearing and soulful vocals serenade, “Bright as can be, lead us to our king, star in the east,” as Morgan presents a unique personality to each character, including the magi’s devoted camel. This mini Christmas movie is a treat that participants watching of all ages can appreciate.
Directed by Katie Garibaldi and Marc Morgan (USA)


“Summon” is an experimental short exploring themes of female interaction and identity, particularly focusing on the consumption of the female body and the relationship of white women and women of color.
Directed by Madison Calicchia (USA)

The Story of Our Workflow

The word “Workflow” sounds like routine, and routine spells boring. So we decided to spice things up a little. It aimed to be a video which tells our clients how we work with them on the production of their animated explainer video, in a less boring way.
Directed by Alex Safavinia (Malaysia)

Outside Thoughts

A woman struggling with OCD and intrusive thoughts reaches a breaking point. She contemplates whether her thoughts are an involuntary obsession or whether they are reflective of a more violent nature.
Directed by Molly Haddon (Australia)