Independent Shorts Awards

…And Some Don’t

After the death of his father, an apathetic hospital janitor decides to help a doctor with his business outside of the hospital. 
Directed by Taylor Wilson (USA)

Rubber Room

“The Breakfast Club” for Teachers. An uptight highly-educated school Principal is sentenced to a detention center for misfit teachers where his fate will be decided by good behavior.
Directed by Dugan Bridges (USA)

Sip

“Sip” is a comedy that compares modern relationships to your first cup of coffee in the morning.
Directed by Kelly Elsas (Australia)

Cherished

“Cherished” is a Rom-Dram, about an introverted boy who falls in love with an insecure, but undeniably beautiful girl and helps her understand her full potential, only to have her realize she’s worth more than what he provides. 
This three-year story is told primarily through a “fourth wall” perspective of a bedroom. Emphasis is put on character action, blocking, costume design, production design, color, lighting, special effects, and sound design to help tell the most effective story possible.
Directed by Carter Lau (USA)

Unmasked

A group of dancers audition for a musical that will go on tour in the United States and then in Europe (starting in Paris). 
During the audition, issues of nudity, ageism, gender roles, male insensitivity towards female-artists all come up, in a dramatic/comedic way.
Directed by Celik Kayalar (USA)

DNA

The conflict between a religious father (devout Catholic) and his son with a violent-temper and a criminal-record escalates. Issues of the origin of violence (nature vs nurture); abortion are passionately argued, culminating in a surprising and explosive climax.
Directed by Celik Kayalar (USA)

Downstream

An old man hard on his luck, looks to a long lost dream for financial freedom.
Directed by Scott D Clark (Australia)

Violet Rain

In the near future a female rogue assassin is hired to find and eliminate evidence that could undermine the largest virtual currency network in the world. Who really is in control? The journey of what is real and what is not is explored as she exotically dances with her weapons in a musically driven time sensitive world full of death and destruction.
Directed by Shaun Lupton (USA)