Independent Shorts Awards

My Home

Seven years have passed since Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. Even now Ghosts are wandering to return home with the “my home” song. They can’t find their home and can’t go home.
Directed by Reiji Ooba (Japan)

Evening of the Evil Eye

Two thugs attempting to rob a businesswoman get more than what they bargained for when they seize and attempt to destroy her Donald Trump fetish doll.
Written by Angel Connell (USA)

First Date

When superficial womanizer Rafael charms his way into Jenny’s bedroom looking for a one-night stand, Jenny has some surprises in store, and Rafael’s concerns turn quickly from sex to survival.
Directed by Donna Adja and Paul Laverack (USA)


Bagheera is the determined, young leader of an Indian Girl Scout troop. Abducted by a terrifying psychopath, she uses the skills of her many achievement badges to escape and serve up a scorching retribution.
Directed by Christopher R. Watson (India)

Somewhere In Their Heads

“Somewhere In Their Heads” is a short documentary about the recording of Curse Of Lono’s second album ‘As I Fell’. Shot and edited by acclaimed music filmmaker Gregg Houston (Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka, Foy Vance), ‘Somewhere In Their Heads’ follows Curse Of Lono as they record between London and a remote, desert studio in Joshua Tree, California. The film offers a unique glimpse into the recording process and the stories behind the songs, including deeply personal conversations about heroin addiction and the death of family members.
Directed by Gregg Houston (UK)


A young pregnant Kurdish girl survived an ISIS attack. And she comes out of Kurdistan with a group of refugees without any identification for a reason.
Directed by Maryam Pirband (USA)

Human Touch

Inspired by “The Hitchhiking Game” by Milan Kundera, “Human Touch” explores the story of two introverted individuals, constantly seeking human connection, finding intimacy through distance in roleplaying games, at parties.
Directed by Xavier Brydges (Australia)


A suspicious father catches his teenage daughter in an embrace with a stranger. Dad’s refusal to talk with the young man is finally resolved with a mysterious phone call.
Directed by Rusty Rhodes (USA)

My Identity

What makes you uniquely “you”? A short documentary about how one’s environment can shape their life. It tells a story of how your surroundings deeply influence your identity.
Directed by Kelly Needleman (USA)