Independent Shorts Awards

The Wheelchair Warrior of India

This story is about a 27-year-old boy who is 90% differently abled as per society but in his views, he is 100% abled with his attitude and motivation. Despite having a rare brittle bone disease, and everyday struggle he is coming out and motivating the world.
Directed by Vipasha Kiran (India)

Skin: The Movie

When a socially awkward Midwestern woman inherits a porn studio, she plans to take the money and run – until her dead father and a band of misfits force her to face her fears, and learn that misfits are people too.
Directed by Ronn Kilby (USA)

A City in Chaos

“A City in Chaos” during the midst of the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore, a single Mom searches for her missing son past the city curfew.
Directed by Lisa Tuvalo (USA)

Head Space

An anxious young man experiments with a meditation app, not realizing the extreme lengths to which the app will go to relieve him of his anxiety.
Directed by Timon Williams (UK)


A woman fights to save her girlfriend, who was infected by some kind of post apocalyptic virus that has ravaged the human population. She seeks out a witch family in the woods who help her in ways she wasn’t expecting.
Directed by Kaz PS (USA)

Pretty Odd

“Pretty Odd” is the story of an eighth-grade boy with a quirky personality facing the process of applying to high school as he struggles with how to communicate with his classmates, teachers, and parents. While deciding his future, he discovers what is most important to him and works hard to achieve it. In his continuous effort to act like a “normal” kid, he realizes that his past behavior was only hurting himself. In this short film, we see the comedic yet realistic difficulty of making big life decisions at such a young age while simultaneously trying to be the best version of one’s self.
Directed by Lorelei Essman-Freeman (USA)


These children have to walk miles everyday to get to their school, this is a documentary about their everyday struggle in the roads of Panama, at San Blas Comarca.
Directed by A Fernandez (Mexico)

The Hum

An atypical awakening inside a white room in which an anonymous character finds himself without knowing where he is and why he is there. A bed, a window, a door and a monitor on a wall are the only décor of the claustrophobic room. The silent Monitor is the only “window”of companionship, whose visions will anticipate drastic decisions.
Directed by Leonardo Lenzini (Italy)


To strike a blow against Arch-One and the deadly robot army that has been devastating the world, a small team of resistance fighters infiltrates an enemy base to secure a sequence of codes that could save mankind. But there is division within the group. Trapped behind enemy lines, will they escape to turn the tide for humankind? Or will their strife cause the mission to fail and all of humanity to fall with them?
Directed by Ellis E. Fowler