Independent Shorts Awards

#GradGirls: Welcome Home

When three girls who struggle through Grad School decide to live together things take an interesting turn! In this episode Tess moves in, bringing a big surprise with her!
Directed by Malerie Stanley (USA)

The Preacher

“The Preacher” is a short film about a preacher and how he goes on with his life preaching the word of God. But there is a dark side to this preacher he is involved in all kinds of activities be it with prostitutes or drugs he is not what he seems. And this film shows his hypocrisy of how he says one thing but does the exact opposite of it. His dark secrets are unknown to his followers who revere him as a messenger of God and a healer of the sick.
Directed by Duane Dsouza (India)

The Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle

After NOAA research scientists attach a satellite transmitter on to the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle discovered feeding on the giant jellyfish in the nutrient-rich waters of Monterey Bay, California, they uncover an unprecedented epic 7,000-mile migration across the Pacific to the leatherback’s remote nesting beaches in Indonesia. This discovery has lead to one of the greatest conservation challenges in the Western Pacific today–the protection of the Pacific leatherback’s last remaining nesting beach, sustainable fishing practices, and the reduction of plastics in the ocean. As the film reveals the international scientific research and conservation efforts currently underway, this awe-inspiring and unique short nature film exposes the seldom seen beauty and natural history of the leatherback sea turtle, which became the official state marine reptile of California in 2016. Viewers also learn some simple tips as to how they can help this magnificent ancient creature survive in its modern world.
Directed by John Dutton (USA)

June’s Baby Shower

What’s supposed to be the happiest day of 28-year-old June Marie Evans life turns into a nightmare when a mysterious woman shows up and crashes the party. As the event progresses she will learn more about the man she loves than she ever did before. In this riveting short film of deceit, lust, lies, two women, one man and a secret life June will learn the true meaning of “When it rains it pours”.
Written by Kathryn Lisa Scurry (USA)


At the moment Louise is about to say something to her husband, their discussion is disturbed and Charles leaves the table. When he returns back Louise disappeared.
Directed by Svetlana Trebulle (France)

True Center

The road to recovery is an ‘…intricate, sacred journey.’ Follow Meaghan on her journey as she turns her trials into triumphs, and begins to live her life through inspirations, art & affirmations.
Directed by Ashley Karp (USA)

The Valley

In an unknown ancient era, on an imaginary land, two opposite armies on conquest come up against each other. But there is a deep valley separating them.
Directed by Can Erkan and Salih Toprak (Turkey)


Claus, an aging world-renowned performer, is now performing for limited audiences with Anna, his assistant and lover. While struggling to stay relevant, he is performing the underground circuit with Dell, a young up and coming puppeteer. However, unlike his act, Claus may find that he is not in full control over his future, based on the deals he has made in the past, and the intentions fellow performers have for the future.
Directed by Jerry Kellie (USA)