Independent Shorts Awards

My Name Was January

When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home, a community reacts and her friends and other trans women of color come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person.
Directed by Elina Gress and Lenee Son (Canada)

Freakishly Normal

Our show is about four middle-aged female friends who have known each other since college and thus formed a special bond. “Freakishly Normal” shows the comedic side of the suburban Mom’s daily routine and discusses the nothingness that can make them so busy while they are trying to navigate the often surreal drama of their “oh-so” average lives.
Directed by Eva Sippel (USA)

Untouched Liuwa

World record attempt in being the first person to cross the untouched liuwa plains of Zambia. We encounter Lions, Cheetah, Hyena and Buffalo. This all made the documentary more interesting but much more dangerous.
Directed by Richard Mcenery (UK)

Buried

A story of a man torn apart by his memories, decisions and loved ones.
Directed by Neil Webster and Simon Killick (UK)

Breakers: Saving Harper Ross

Jack is reliving the same day over and over and seeks help from his Papaw and a skeptic therapist, but when they prove unhelpful and Jack seems to be doomed to stay forever imprisoned, he stumbles upon a murder and becomes convinced that he can prevent it before the day resets.
Directed by Chason Laing (USA)

Shot Fired

At the end of a lunch in a big restaurant, a father talks to his son about education but this son does not agree with his father.
Directed by Gilard Pierre-André (France)

10 Minutes

One band. Four explosive characters. 10 minutes till showtime. What could go wrong?
Directed by Aman Adlakha (USA)

Identification

Meggie and her great-grandmother are trying to deal with a piece of dislocated time. They want to turn it around and put it back in its right place, but this task is too difficult.
Directed by Julia Deak (Hungary)

Black Coffee

“Black Coffee” is a scripted sitcom following the ventures of four Howard graduates who open a black-owned coffee shop in the nation’s capital. Each driven by a unique motive, these late 20-somethings come together to make their mark in the city as proud entrepreneurs. As business picks up, these first-time business owners face several unexpected challenges in the diverse community of DC behind the capital.
Directed by Jason Perez (USA)

Blue Butterfly

The intimate bond between SinTing and Kaka has started since childhood. Not only are they inseparable companions, they also play a classic couple in Cantonese Opera. But while they’re rehearsing “the Farewell” (a scene from “Butterfly Lovers”), and with senior schoolmate Kai Fung entering Kaka’s life, the relationship between the bosom friends starts to change…
Directed by Willis Man Chak Wong (Hong Kong)