Independent Shorts Awards

Fight Club

If “Fight Club” had been shot with the neorealism techniques, the ending would have been much different. Even though some mainstream movies cannot be compared at this level, it is possible to compare the techniques.

The colors of “Le Bonheur (Happiness)”

The choices of color in shot compositions have a significant impact on the narrative and the emotions the director tries to create. In “Happiness”, every shot is carefully composed, where all the colors match and create a beautiful composition that could easily be a painting.

One A.M.

“One A.M.” directed and performed by Charlie Chaplin in 1916 is an example of a comedy that has found the right balance: the jokes are on point and it is hard to not feel amazed by the character.

Mysterious Skin

The reasons behind the choice of someone becoming a prostitute are various. The most common answer is money, but, as seen in Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1967), it can be more complex – like a discovery of self-pleasure. However, the director Gregg Araki introduces a darker reason in Mysterious Skin (2004), which sometimes can be hard to watch.


Camille is an interesting movie that approaches prostitution in a different aspect. When most movies tend to show what this profession consists on, in Camille it shows the impact it has on someone’s psychological.