Independent Shorts Awards

Silence

“Silence” is a fictional dramatic narrative following Joy who seeks justice and support from her community when her 4-year-old daughter is molested by a family member, but she soon finds that she is looked upon as the enemy. Inspired by true events.
Directed by Brent Harvey (USA)

Assisted Living

A year after what was supposed to be a short visit by his mother, a thirty-seven-year-old, Jesse, finds himself begrudgingly stuck between taking care of his fully functioning adolescent mother and keeping his fiance happy.
Directed by Brent Harvey and Joanna Bronson (USA)

Revolution

In a desperate attempt after years of genocide of the female population, the few remaining try to turn the tides of war by recovering the ultimate weapon residing in a young girl.
Directed by Brent Harvey (USA)

The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market

Artist Michael Shaw – also known as “The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market” – has been selling his unique stained-glass creations at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle for 25 years. This 20-minute documentary uses his personal narrative to delve into a deeper dialogue about these fascinating objects and their universal appeal to the human imagination.
Directed by Russell Brown (USA)

Speakeasy

Jimmy (Noah Bell) has shot a cop and now Tommy (Eric Volm), Frankie (Julio Salas), and Charlie (Andrew Klamo) are working to cover it up after their boss, Tony (Al Scattone), makes an appearance at the speakeasy. Tony has been coming under heat from his connections after the murder, which he didn’t call and he ultimately suspects someone in the group did it. Meanwhile, one of the crew, Danny (Chris Licata), is revealed to be an informant working for Billy (James Kristian). The film explores both criminals and cops, wondering (and as stated at the beginning which is a radio show with Mike (Joey Mazzochette), Eddie (Pavi Pandher), and Larry (Josef Doctorovitz), if we’re all that different or similar to criminals after all.
Directed by Jeff Stone (USA)

The Girl Code

Four girls rebel against their hyper-traditional boarding school by pranking it using technology they invented, hacked or “borrowed” while staying only one step ahead of their Headmistress.
Directed by Kelly Paoli (Canada)

Kristal Clear

An internet celebrity and “selfie queen” reunites with her estranged identical twin after she wakes up to discover she’s invisible.
Directed by Joshua Demers (Canada)

Raaya

Based on true events, this film is a story of a 7-year-old girl, Raaya, who suffers from autism. Despite various medical treatments, she is not showing much improvement until a hypnotherapist intervenes.
Directed by Nitin Shingal (India)

Joyce

Joyce, an immigrant Filipino nanny, finds a friend the moment she needs it the most.
Directed by Nora Jaenicke (USA)

An Inconvenient Ruth

A woman goes from place to place to lecture people about weather conditions relevant to their future plans, and in turn, consequences take place due to her lectures.
Directed by J. Samuel Ryan (USA)