Independent Shorts Awards

Along The Drive

While on a cross-country road trip, West picks up a hitchhiker, named East. The two develop a romantic relationship, but East might have ulterior motives.
Directed by Larry Rosen (USA)

The Swamp

A man wakes up in a pool and he does not remember anything from the previous night.
Directed by Abdullah Harun Ilhan (Turkey)

Free Fly From The Fifth Floor

Turkan’s father takes her to the university to pick up her diploma in order to apply for a job found by her uncle. But there is something going on…
Directed by Araz Pourvatan (Azerbaijan)

Ice Cream

A story or a young girl who’s innocence is surrendered due to responsibility.
Directed by Adrian Marquez Barrios (Philippines)

Finding Big Pink

One fan documents her journey to visit Big Pink, the house where The Band recorded “Music from Big Pink.”
Directed by Lisa Tignor (USA)


Escaping from a deadly battle, a wounded warrior discovers a long-forgotten shrine and the ancient spirit that lives there.
Directed by Austin Piko and Taylor Johnston (USA)


Raheel, an Afghan national, has illegally traveled to Iran to look for her husband, but there comes up some problems that leave her no hope to move ahead.
Directed by Ayat Asadi Rahbar (Iran)


Because homosexuality is still a crime in many parts of the world, people are afraid of taking a stand for their individuality. “Gray” not just touches upon the homosexual aspects of human beings but also take us beyond our gender choices to understand and connect to a human being.
Directed by Preet (India)