Independent Shorts Awards

Arcana Six

After a pivotal romantic encounter at the end of their senior year, two childhood best friends – Maggie and Elena – reflect on the history of their relationship and the impending future of it that hangs in the balance.
Directed by Mackenzie Patrick Flynn (USA)

Ruffians

Marc Orban spent three years in prison. When he gets back to his neighborhood things have stopped. Vincent is gone and Adam works for Hungarian.
Directed by Alexandre Jallali (Belgium)

He's a Space Debris From The Doomsday Prophecy

He’s a Space Debris From The Doomsday Prophecy

Released in 2017 with Sandee Chen’s album, the music video reveals the hardship that the Taiwanese youth are facing. Since making ends meet is almost impossible for them, there is no more room for dreams.

The music video is done in PIP (picture-in-picture) mode with the screen split into two. The top/head part depicts a youth’s consolation in life and his childhood dreams while the body part captures the daily routine he has to experience day in and day out. Slowly, he can’t distinguish between dream and reality.
Directed by Tsung-Fan Tan (Taiwan)

Signed

A society that forbids people from marrying more than once has flipped the dating world upside down.
Directed by Joe Schufreider (USA)

#JustBlack

As one journey ends, another begins. Travis Thompson has graduated high school, but must figure out what his plans for college are before the summer is over.
Directed by Deondra J. Edwards (USA)

In Union and Death

Adolfo goes to visit her mother’s grave on Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” where he will find his stepfather to sort things out after years of resentment.
Directed by Santiago Niembro (Mexico)

Space Castle

The “damsel in distress” trope is turned on its heel when a daring rescue attempt goes awry.
Directed by Crystal Hughes (USA)