Independent Shorts Awards

Sailing Savior

30-year-old Alex Malone is smart, funny and the party girl amongst her friends. When they start to settle down around her she begins to feel like the third wheel and decides to get away. One night while on the internet while intoxicated she accidentally books a gospel cruise and doesn’t realize it till the boat sets sail. On this spiritual retreat, she will learn a lot about herself and discover a few new friends along the way. They say “What God has for you is for you”.
Directed by Kathryn L. Scurry (USA)

Sunflower Soup

“Sunflower Soup” follows a relapsed alcoholic in a post-pandemic world as he experiences the visions of his late wife and daughter and attempts to pave a lifestyle with whatever seems to be left.
Directed by Marissa A. Martinez (USA)

Pacific Garbage Patch Pup

Critically-endangered Hawaiian monk seal pup “playing” with marine debris on Midway Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Directed by Mary Piller (USA)

Jewel of the Pacific

What happens when a sleepy beach town starts transforming? Surfers move in. Beach and surf revolution begins. Next, college students make it a bustling neighborhood of their own. Then come the entrepreneurs and work professionals, demanding better restaurants, better bars, better fitness options, and of course their own farmers market. Cost of living starts going up, pushing out original residents. Happened in New York City in the 80’s, then San Francisco in the 90’s. Now gentrification is spreading across the United States and perhaps the world. Join us in exploring this topic with Jewel of the Pacific. In the heart of San Diego, California. Pacific Beach.
Directed by Eladio Arvelo (USA)

A Wreckoning

When a bully goes too far during a street-race, he never realized the depth of the mistake he was making until it was too late.
Directed by Carlos Hagene (USA)