Independent Shorts Awards


This conceptual film was inspired by a love of the ‘Alien’ franchise and the work of H.R Giger.
Directed by Stuart T Birchall (UK)

Wind Riders

A documentary tells the untold stories of three American balloonists who have dedicated their lives to their sport – a masterful hot-air balloon pilot, and a championship team in gas balloon racing as they defend their world title.
Directed by Emi Katayama (USA)


Disclosure tells a story of child sexual abuse and the investigation that ensues between the female investigator & the father accused of raping his son.
Directed by T.J. Penton (USA)

The King’s Guitar

A diner, a forgotten wallet, and a rare guitar lead Don to a crisis of conscience. Should he do what’s right, or what’s profitable?
Directed by Stephen P. Sherwood (USA)


Anderson McCarthy, a young law-school graduate, walks two small-town detectives through his life-threatening turn of events while visiting his Uncle Billy for the very first time.
Directed by Rocky Ramsey (USA)

What It Takes To Be Special

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival hosted by Villanova University is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Learn about these special athletes and students while hearing about the program from the University’s 2016 Fall Festival Director, Assistant Director of Student Involvement, and student volunteers.
Directed by Jackie Prata (USA)