Independent Shorts Awards

Brace Face

A misfit girl with headgear is victimized by bullies and comes home to her strange parents with a dark secret.
Directed by Jonathan Wade Holbrook and Elena Stecca (USA)

The Queen

Having a mysterious encounter in Manhattan…
What if you would meet that one person who can make you realize something is not right..? Or very wrong?
Would you believe it?
Directed by Hugo Teugels (Belgium)

The Untold Story of Romeo & Juliet

An unemployed Cupid, Quincy Lightfeather, shares how he screwed up the greatest love story of all time. While trying to impress some women, he accidentally matches the scions of two warring families – Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. As he desperately tries to fix his mistake, the situation spirals out of control. Each compounding blunder sheds more light on the events and tragedies of the original Shakespearean drama.
Directed by John Tso (USA)

The Pond

A man escapes to a nearby nature preserve to feed his bad habit. As he strolls the shores of a secluded pond, he finds that getting back home may be harder than he thinks and anxiety gives way to terror as he discovers he is not alone.
Directed by Dane Elcar (USA)

Futureworld

A quirky journey through recent time to an ethos of futurity, which explores the potential ramifications of technology on human beings while leaving us with choices.
Directed by Christopher Angus (Canada)

Methylene

Stumbling upon a seedy bar in an obscure part of town, Emil is surprised to cross paths with Methylene, a renowned music producer who has been assumed missing or dead. Enticed by adventure and mystery, he decides to follow him…
Directed by Ferdinand Coste (France)

Te Makutu, The Curse

Two star-crossed lovers in colonial New Zealand incur the wrath of a deadly spirit that follows them into the present where they must decide between lives apart or love and death.
Directed by Jonathan Zsofi (New Zealand)