Independent Shorts Awards

Saved by the Pole

A young woman inherits her estranged mafioso father’s strip club against her overly religious mother’s wishes.
Directed by Jonisha Rios (USA)

Butterfly in the Fire

Yoli De La Cruz is a tough Latina woman from the streets of the Bronx who attends church and studies Krav Maga & MMA at a local gym.
But Yoli’s Ex, Xavier Montenegro, aka “Chango” named after one the most feared Gods in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria wants her back in his life and will stop at nothing until he has her. Aside from his army of soldiers, Chango uses black magic to defeat and destroy his enemies. Chango calls Yoli his “Oshun”, the Goddess of sensuality and love, whose symbol is the butterfly. Chango is ready to take over New York but is missing one thing… the strength and support of the woman he loves.
Directed by Michael Baez (USA)

Love Ghost: The Underground

This is a journey into the underground. Inspired by Dante’s 7 circles of hell, the video takes us on a journey to the darkest reaches of the human soul.
Directed by Mustafa Kandaz (USA)

Sharecrop: Delta Cotton

“Sharecrop: Delta Cotton” features stories from the life of Sylvester Hoover, who was born into a cotton sharecropping family in the Mississippi Delta in 1957. Hoover recounts his family’s struggles to access education and voting rights. He also paints a vivid picture of daily life and the unrelenting toil of even the young children on cotton plantations.

The Last Great American Web Series (episodes 2-4)

This new American satirical comedy features sex, murder, recycling, and heartbreak in a small seaside town— all the while taking you on a nostalgic, genre-bending journey through the tv shows you know and are embarrassed to love.
Directed by Morgan Gould and Nate Trinrud (USA)

The Debator

A socially awkward college freshman is determined to win the most important debate competition of his life.
Written by Sophie Wang (Canada)

Swingline

On the verge of graduating college, an ambitious pre-med student is verklempt after a friend commits suicide and his plans for post-graduation fall apart. He deals with it the only way he knows how, to destroy the life of his notoriously difficult professor and seek solace from his friends.
Directed by Alexa Tariff (USA)

Blown Away (Enchufados)

What would you do to get a job? The staff at Blown Away take their work very seriously. Yet, if there’s a promotion, things can be dangerous…
Directed by Sadie Duarte (Spain)

Oh My God

Hugo, the worst god in a “God Company” gets a case from Ron that he wants to be killed by the one he hates most.
Directed by Yyuqing Zhang (USA)