Independent Shorts Awards

Ghosts That Cry in the Dark

An ex special forces French military man is on a mission to expose a dark secret in his chosen country of retirement – Australia. However, his old nemesis has travelled across the globe to stop him. This could be a futile operation, as he knows the Frenchman will stop at nothing to expose the truth.
Directed by Kain Baigent (Australia)

The Ribbon

A young girl suddenly finds herself in a beautiful imaginary world. As she explores this enchanting place, the long ribbon of her dress gets caught, holding her back. As she pulls on the ribbon to break free, a completely unexpected journey begins.
by Jonathan Galland (USA)

 

Forget-Me-Not

A short film aiming to debunk the stigma around talking about incurable cancer, demonstrating the support and understanding that can be gained by a single conversation. With an insider look at the personal journey of an incurable cancer patient, Alaine Smith – my mother – the saying “better left unsaid” has never been more untrue.
Directed by Sarah Smith (UK)

Raymond Carver and Derrida’s Zombie Army

It’s the 1960s and a blizzard is raging in Iowa City, a place where Kurt Vonnegut, Jr teaches in the Writers’ Workshop and Gayatri Spivak holds classes in literary theory. This evening Raymond Carver is worried about his wife’s possible infidelity. As Carver is stewing over Maryann’s lateness, Lois, a pretty undergraduate, pops out of the bathroom, regales him with theory, and seduces him. Phoebe Dronfield, a fake fictional character from Vonnegut’s “Slaughter House Five,” rides to the rescue, revealing Lois as a theory-monster, brain-eating zombie. With red-rimmed eyes and a greenish tinge to her face, Lois emerges from the bedroom to explain about Jacques Derrida’s idea of endless layers of meaning, deconstruction, and mise en abyme. Dronfield puts paid to the “missing I beam” idea and helps to peel back the layers of Lois’s identity to reveal the undergraduate’s harmlessness. All ends happily with wife Maryann’s actual demobilization from the Zombie Army. But why has Maryann chosen to buy cauliflower at the grocery store?
Written by James Fitzmaurice (UK)

Temptation Of Saint Francis

Two ill matched garden statues fall in love in this animated exploration of the battle between spiritual enlightenment and physical desires that we all go through. An imaginative take on what happens in your garden when you’re not looking.
Directed by Johnnie Semerad (USA)

Dream Date

Daron goes on a blind date with a girl he met on the internet. His car is stolen during his dinner date, and he must learn to trust a crazy girl he just met in an attempt to get his car back.
Directed by Phillip Lindsey (USA)

Pardon

After the three times that Thais tried to kill herself, she ends up at the rehabilitation center where she meets Roxan. Young singer, who is seeking treatment for her drug addiction. They get close very quickly after spending little time together behind the doctors back. During a secret beach walk, a day before they release Thais, Roxan makes a present. Small player with a record of her last song. 
On other hands, Thais tells Roxan all the reasons why she wanted to end her life. Roxan is asking Thais to forgive, because “if we do not forgive we will never forget the pain.” And the pains stay, especially if you cannot forgive yourself. 
A random meeting with the love of your life. A young singer who makes you see the life from another side of view. Who teaches you that forgiving is the way to forget.
Directed by Rositsa Trayanova (France)

In The Woods We Can Be Together

Under the scalding heat of the summer sun, two young men find shelter in the woods of a local park. Unbeknownst to them, they’re thrust into a summer of exploration, emotion, and romance. But is love enough?
Directed by Ryan Schneider (USA)

A Good Story

A middle school teacher who wants desperately to be a big-shot writer in Hollywood struggles to come up with an idea for a screenplay contest, until his characters start to appear to him in real life.
Directed by Marcus Mullen (Canada)