Independent Shorts Awards

Help Wanted

“Help Wanted” is an award-winning silent short comedy, made in the style of the early 1920s. Silent film production, direction, and acting techniques were used throughout the entire process. Silent films and music are the international languages, and if I can show this film all over the world, then maybe we can all laugh together. What a wonderful energy that would create. As in the early days of silent film, a wonderful organ score was written specifically for this film.
Directed by Mac Estelle (Michael Madden) (USA)

So Stonely: The May Company

“So Stonely” is a satirical music video commenting on the exaggerative nature of mid-20th-century anti-marijuana PSA films. Our humble protagonists find themselves pressured to try a new trending experience, whose psychedelic effects skyrocket our subjects into a hyperbolic world of idolatry and Illuminati cultist rituals, sending everyone spiraling through a horrifying metamorphosis. Will they ever find their way back again?
Directed by May McDonough and Daniel Lake (USA)

Liberal Jews

Jacob and Abigail are two young hip 20 somethings who have lived together for the past two years and have become inseparable. Almost to the point of exhaustion. Clearly madly in love, these two hit a road bump in their relationship. They have no real social life other than each other and have become capsulated in a routine that neither one wants to admit they want out, until now.
Directed by Aaron J. Balk (USA)

The Big Picture

Ten years after seeing Saturn through his telescope, a young amateur decides to go in search of the history of the Universe and embarks on a journey that takes him to meet some of the world’s leading cosmologists.
Directed by Diego Errazuriz (Chile)


Silvia (Teniece Divya Johnson), a heroin addict is living fix to fix, and on the fringe of society. During her lowest point, a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger (John O’Sullivan) allows her a chance at redemption.
Directed by Patrick Coker and Isaiah Jimenez-Mackson (USA)


This is the story of those who live on an island in the middle of a lake. In the movie which tells that the life — even during childhood, youth and old age — does not change for this island and its residents, the time is depicted as a static phenomenon. The island never changes; no one leaves/can leave there even though years show them the reality called “death”. They dream about the things beyond the lake; these dreams are like meaningful journeys to them. They think of being somewhere else, in other places, maybe in different lives; however, they are knotted onto that island from cradle to grave just as their boats they knot on the dock at the end of every workday.
Directed by Engin Poyraz (Turkey)

Pillars of Creation

A short documentary about the beauty of the heavens as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. This film has been accepted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be part of their official archives.
Directed by Marcelle Abela (Malta)