Independent Shorts Awards

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)

Charity

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)

Drifter Draft

“Drifter Draft” follows Martin Schrader, a drifting boy that wanders through the woods and the rural parish while his brother keeps a check on his heartbeat by asking Martin to give him the number of each place he ends up.
Directed by Ryan Rivière (USA)

Company

A woman’s robot husband is about to be repossessed unless she can find work.
Directed by Shawn Donovan (USA)

Oh My Dog!

A clumsy airport worker is busy taking out the luggage from a plane. When one of the boxes falls and gets opened by accident, the worker will be startled by what he finds inside… Based on a true story!
Directed by Marco Comandini (Italy)

Cooper

“Cooper” is a story about a 15-year-old high school basketball player who never gets a fair chance to play due to the politics in the school sports. Will cooper prevail?
Written by Cleveland O. Mcleish and Bettina Horton (USA)

The Boys Room

Suraj is a city boy who comes back to visit his best friend, Sachin, to the village. But he is faced with a problem: going to the toilet out in the open.
Directed by Pearlina Malik (India)

A Bias Tape

The world inside a music box reveals the twisted narrative that replays generation after generation. Barbie and a ventriloquist puppet find themselves trapped within their socially constructed identities and narratives with little hope of escape.
Directed by Lynnette Taylor (USA)