Independent Shorts Awards


The story of an Iranian singer who has been far away from her homeland since many years ago, and is unable to remember anything but her childhood memories around the Urmia Lake; which is facing the risk of entire disappearance and drought…
Directed by Kiarash Motarjemi (Iran)


In an ambiguous motel room, a couple’s journey is shown across a non-linear timeline.
Directed by Emma Kayani (UK)

A Princess Quest

In this comedy misadventure, princess and protector merrily make their way to safety after the death of the Queen but are attacked by a bandit.
Directed by Stephonika W Kaye (USA)


Dakota Nieves and Indiana Baker explore their experiences growing up as transgender high school students in New York City. We wanted their stories to be told through their own voices in the hopes that it would encourage others to look beyond appearances and go beyond their own assumptions.
Directed by Caroline Callender and Silver Liftin (USA)

ISA releases official selection of May 2018

Independent Shorts Awards is pleased to release the full list of the projects officially selected for the season of May 2018.
This was an incredible and high competitive season with very tough decisions. The average high standard of the submitted projects is really amazing.
Thank you for sharing your works and congratulations to all!


This conceptual film was inspired by a love of the ‘Alien’ franchise and the work of H.R Giger.
Directed by Stuart T Birchall (UK)

Wind Riders

A documentary tells the untold stories of three American balloonists who have dedicated their lives to their sport – a masterful hot-air balloon pilot, and a championship team in gas balloon racing as they defend their world title.
Directed by Emi Katayama (USA)


Disclosure tells a story of child sexual abuse and the investigation that ensues between the female investigator & the father accused of raping his son.
Directed by T.J. Penton (USA)

The King’s Guitar

A diner, a forgotten wallet, and a rare guitar lead Don to a crisis of conscience. Should he do what’s right, or what’s profitable?
Directed by Stephen P. Sherwood (USA)