Independent Shorts Awards

Rest Stop

Based on the short story by Stephen King. Acclaimed mystery writer Johanna Dykstra finds herself struggling to deal with the occurrence of daily life when a pen name becomes an alternate personality in the form of Rick Hardin. Johanna’s disgust and resentment towards Rick Hardin become a constant thorn in her side until the unexpected happens one night at a deserted highway rest stop.
Directed by Stephen Dean (USA)


A statement of sexual repression and miscommunication in relationships.
Directed by Toby Bates (USA)

The Present and the Passed

On a beautiful sunny morning in a suburb of Silicon Valley, Karen is taking her ailing daughter, Katie, to a doctor’s appointment. Katie suffers a relapse on the way and Karen rushes her to the hospital and, only blocks away, encounters a police funeral detail blocking the road. Karen pleas in vain to the officer to let her through, while she calms her daughter. After considerable delay, Katie falls into a seizure as Karen speeds by the officers, who remain oblivious to the emergency.
Directed by Teresa Langley (USA)

Game Changer

A macho toy arcade prize is quick to judge a young girl who wants to win him and goes on a life-changing journey in an attempt to stop her from winning and taking him home.
Directed by Aviv Mano (USA)

Irish Ancestors

Intimate footage captured during his 2018 journey to County Sligo, Ireland to trace his Irish Ancestors. Featuring Irish American international poet, writer, and philosopher, Merv Nickleman. Merv is inspired to write the poem Irish Ancestors about his experiences and shares some insights into his complex, eclectic and charismatic character and background.
This short film was entirely shot on a Google Pixel Smartphone.
Directed by Aleksandra Dimoska (Ireland)


Episode One: Even-keeled Brett, a 28-year-old financial analyst, gets more than he bargains for as a result of his newfound efforts to make his life more complete.
Directed by Brett Carmical (USA)


A young woman faces the struggle of depression amidst a parallel dimension of unseen forces, who themselves are waging an epic battle over her fate… and only one side can prevail.
Directed by Sheila Patterson (USA)

Yes But No

Music video featuring Ginta. The meaning of the song is based on the stereotype that we have to always choose between the concept of “yes” or “no”. But the answer is possible when two apparently opposite positions coexist together, at the same time, depending on one’s perspective. This is the principle of life.
Directed by Aleksandras Brokas and Serena Corvaglia (France)