Independent Shorts Awards

Eugene vs Humanity

When a misanthrope finds his ever-growing frustration with society too much to bear, his temper boils over, leading him to commit an act of violence.
Directed by Michael David Charles Hicks (USA)


The Cold War is in full swing when a bumbling accountant invites the sweet new neighbors for dinner, only this sad sack hasn’t accounted for his darling wife’s appetite.
Directed by Matthew Emery (USA)

Best Chance U

An inside look at the Ivy League football experience of black players at Dartmouth College.
Directed by Elizabeth Jenny (USA)

Turtle Taido in Osun and Kogi States

“Adventures of Turtle Taido” is a Nigerian TV series about a bubbly, magic turtle on an adventure across Nigeria. In this 12-minute short, he visits Osogbo, capital city of Osun State and tours a cocoa farm with his friend Abiodun. Taido then travels to River Niger and River Benue in Kogi State, where he and his friend Usman meet friendly manatees. This is an HD director’s cut, with more characters and better animation.
Directed by Artie Romero (Nigeria)

Dark Corner

On the night of his girlfriends birthday there is laughter and food to go around, everyone is enjoying the night. Everyone but Sam.
Directed by Spencer Leonard (USA)

J City Heights: Bear and Bitcoin

Blake and his roommate Bear (a North American black bear) live in the ghetto of Jersey City, New Jersey. After finding $50,000 on the body of a murder victim, they believe their financial worries are over. Unfortunately, Blake spends all their money on Bitcoin right before the price crash, so they are back in financial trouble.
As Blake scrambles to get their money back, they discover that Bitcoin is actually part of an alien plot for world domination. Blake and Bear are left with one choice…kill or be killed. (Parody of John Carpenter’s “They Live”)
Directed by Kyle John Blake and Kenyon Hoag (USA)

The Last Cry

A physically and mentally abused woman goes on a journey to self discovery by unraveling her past.
Directed by Sofia Pellegrino (USA)

Dancing in the Rain

In my life, I have had several major surgeries. One of them was in 2007 when I had a major spine surgery to correct a 100 degree scoliosis, the other was in 2012 when I had limb lengthing surgery on my legs to correct some deformities and increase my height from 3 ft. to 3 ft 4.5 inches. This animation goes deeper in the emotional psyche of how I felt during those surgeries, but how I ultimately became stronger because of those surgeries.
Directed by Carolina Robledo (USA)