Independent Shorts Awards

Temporal

Buenos Aires and Japan. Sensory and contemplative, fiction and documentary make up the fragments of a mundane and temporary life.
Directed by Julián Castro (Argentina)

The Stolen River

Six young people in rural India set out on a journey to find out who is poisoning their sacred river Yamuna, causing people and animals to fall sick and die en masse in their village and surrounding areas.
Directed by Krisztina Danka (USA)

Substratae

“Substratae” provides the audience a glimpse of mythical lives glowing, under the eternal flux, with energies hidden deep within the earth.
Directed by Margie Kelk (Canada)

Laura Un Anno Dopo

Laura, after a year, is transferred to a common cell, here she meets Chiara. A cell, two women, two broken lives. Both suffered physical violence from the people they loved most.
Directed by Massimiliano Tedeschi (Italy)

The Five Fingers of the Devil

Beatrice returns to her town, in Calabria, where her father has just died. Here her mother treats her badly, because she prefers Beatrice’s sister, Claudia, who is a musician. The town is near Pentedattilo (“Five Fingers” in English), a ghost town where Beatrice walks and founds her relief. But once Beatrice has gone back home, disturbing accidents start to happen…
Written by Lucia Braccalenti (Italy)

The Villagers

The original idea was for a film about an astronaut/scientist who was trapped in a cycle of serving a group of sub-human aliens. To save money it would all be filmed at preexisting locations, would have minimal cast requirements and would rely on sound design to sell the idea of been on an alien planet.
Directed by Joseph Vasey (Australia)

Dizygotes Twins

“The Dizygotic Twins” is the story of Maël et Maya, non-identical twins who supposably have a special connection.
Directed by Cassandre Émanuel (Canada)

The Tell Tale Heart

Set in a crumbling Victorian lunatic asylum, Charles Sharman-Cox’s faithful film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” is a psychological portrait of a deranged man who commits a murder for what he feels is a perfectly valid reason and then endeavours to convince not only himself but also the audience of his complete and total sanity.
Directed by Charles Sharman-Cox (UK)