Independent Shorts Awards

Meeraas (Inheritance)

A victim of domestic violence could not find the courage to speak out against the abuse. But when the same fate looms in front of her daughter, will she turn a blind eye or will she find the courage she could not find for herself?
Directed by Saurabh Thakur (India)

Irish Goodbye

The story of Nizar, a young closeted-gay, conflicted but devout Muslim refugee from Syria and his night out with a quixotic Irishman, Eric. Along the way, they will confront issues of trust, abandonment, tragedy, and privilege. Eric seeks to seduce and draw Nizar out of his shell while Nizar confronts Eric for being nothing more than an emotional tourist in his life. The consequences of their adventure will haunt Nizar for long after the night is over.
Directed by Adetokumboh M’Cormack (Sierra Leone)

Sexellence

A young woman will do whatever, and whoever, it takes to find the man of her dreams.
Directed by Abiola Ogunbiyi (UK)

God I Need a Girlfriend

From the mind of Stefan Janoski, “God I Need a Girlfriend”, a musical short story, that gives the background to the sculpture of the same name.
Directed by Foster Huntington/Movie Mountain (USA)

Battledream Chronicles: A New Beginning

Syanna, a young black Caribbean girl, wakes up amnesiac in an Afrofuturistic world where she has been enslaved by the global colonial empire of Mortemonde. Every day, she is forced to collect 500 experience points or XP for her master in the Battledream, a dangerous video game in which players die for real. With a kill switch implanted in her body and her limbs replaced by bionic parts controlled by the master, escape seems impossible. When she is offered a chance to learn in secret how to hack and control the technology used to enslave her, Syanna realizes that not everything is lost. But her master, driven by his lust for wealth and political power, is making the slave conditions harder and harder. And planning a rebellion while fulfilling her slave duty is getting more and more challenging. Will Syanna succeed in regaining her freedom?
Directed by Alain Bidard (France)

Kaun Banega Champion

It is a journey of six naughty fishes to become quiz champion. Three quiz masters probe them with sharp questions over five levels. At each level, one participant is dropped, thus the winner from the fifth level becomes the champion. The tussle between fishes result in fun and encourage kids to face life with a positive mindset.
Directed by Indumitra Bhardwaj (India)

Woodcarving in Dongyang

This short piece offers a glimpse into the daily life of a woodcarving workshop in Dongyang, capital of the long-established craft of woodcarving in China, whose masterpieces are resplendently displayed in the extensive woodcarving museum and trading center in Dongyang. We watch the master craftsman and his apprentices and craftsmen as they work, and chat with them about their lives and future expectations. We discover their feelings of an uncertain future for this incredible craft, maybe an unavoidable consequence of modern life…
Directed by Tracy Wang (China)

Ava

The film follows the main character, Evans, and teenage his daughter, Ava, on their journey in a dystopian world where talking is obsolete and human communication is minimal because it comes at such a high cost.
Directed by Sahvannah Henry (USA)

Allerton

Haunted by visions of his uncle’s murder, a troubled young man seeks revenge on the person that got away with it.
Directed by Austin Hanner and Daniel Lawrence Wilson (USA)