Independent Shorts Awards

Ishq Ki Dava (Love Medicine)

This comedy short film is based on a story by O. Henry “The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein”. Dr. Akhilesh loves Bela but cannot express his feelings. In order to win her love, he takes resort to a love medicine in the story. What happens next is O. Henry’s twist adapted to an Indian setting.
This short film marks the launch of Ashima Pictures’ Purane Panne short film series where old masterpiece stories by famous authors will be adapted in Indian settings.
Directed by Mayank Singh (India)

Family in Exile

“Family in Exile” is an intimate documentary, set in Morocco, about the conflicts within the filmmaker’s family. It is a daughter’s quest to understand her father’s refusal, over many years, to interact with her and her mother. Through a series of revealing conversations with family members, stories touching on gender tensions, religious beliefs, and parent/child relationships are evoked. It is a personal visual letter of resistance by a daughter to a dictatorial father.
Directed by Fatima Matousse (Morocco)

Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis

Two Hollywood producers try to save their dying careers by creating a blockbuster out of old movies and their warped imaginations. What they don’t know is that they are being mined for their creative ideas. The film was in production for 25 years and shot in seven states including Wash D.C. (Linklater eat your heart out!). Homages galore! The next Rocky Horror!
Directed by Wayne J. Keeley (USA)

Across the Graveyard

A gravedigger struggling to adjust to life in a long distance relationship meets and confides in a 75-year-old widower at the cemetery where he works.
Directed by Michael Scarnati (USA)


Kannan, a struggling house rental agent in the suburbs of Chennai, is desperate to find a tenant for an apartment, so that he can settle his own immediate rental debt.
Directed by Mohan Lakshmipathy (India)

Sound of New Year

A down on his luck businessman plans his own suicide on Lunar New Year’s Eve. But mysteriously receives a red pocket with three coins that allow him to make calls to his mother 25 years ago. What will he say?
Directed by Lifan Wang (USA)


As an innocent man is walked to the electric chair, wrongly convicted of a brutal murder, the guilty man, now free, begins to experience his every fear and emotion until poetic justice prevails.
Written by Ben Fiore (USA)

How to Apply for a Sexual Position

Reverse Cowgirl. Rusty Trombone. Dirty Sanchez. Go inside the government office responsible for creating sexual positions as one woman pitches the position she hopes will take the world by storm. Starring Alison Becker (“Parks & Rec”) and Justine Bateman (“Family Ties”).
Directed by Thom Harp (USA)