Independent Shorts Awards

Star in the East

Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album “Home Sweet Christmas” is the perfect match for such a creatively inspired music video. The claymation and stop-motion video was made by artist Marc Morgan, which pays homage to the classic Christmas movies of the ’60s that we all know and love. Detailing the Biblical story of the three wise men’s journey following the Christmas star to Bethlehem, the video not only offers a fun spin on the traditional Christmas story but also gives viewers a sense of nostalgia in the most enjoyable way. Garibaldi’s endearing and soulful vocals serenade, “Bright as can be, lead us to our king, star in the east,” as Morgan presents a unique personality to each character, including the magi’s devoted camel. This mini Christmas movie is a treat that participants watching of all ages can appreciate.
Directed by Katie Garibaldi and Marc Morgan (USA)


“Summon” is an experimental short exploring themes of female interaction and identity, particularly focusing on the consumption of the female body and the relationship of white women and women of color.
Directed by Madison Calicchia (USA)

The Story of Our Workflow

The word “Workflow” sounds like routine, and routine spells boring. So we decided to spice things up a little. It aimed to be a video which tells our clients how we work with them on the production of their animated explainer video, in a less boring way.
Directed by Alex Safavinia (Malaysia)

Outside Thoughts

A woman struggling with OCD and intrusive thoughts reaches a breaking point. She contemplates whether her thoughts are an involuntary obsession or whether they are reflective of a more violent nature.
Directed by Molly Haddon (Australia)

Pretty Little Bubbles

“Pretty Little Bubbles” is a powerful and emotional short film about ex-soldier Terry coping with life after Afghanistan, whilst struggling to raise his West Ham supporting twin daughters. highlighting PTSD and disability.
Directed by James Garrett (UK)

A Friend in Need

Three couples, confident their friendship is indestructible.
But sometimes people come into your life and the impact they have is way beyond your control. Chris has told Laura all about Mike. The firm’s number one client, a war hero whose marriage is in tatters and whose mental state is fragile. Their comfortable existence and that of their closest friends depends on everyone making sacrifices.
When it appears that Mike wants to ruin them, all loyalties are called into question, every relationship is stretched to breaking point, because whoever is trying to hurt them, Chris knows it can’t possibly be Mike.
“A Friend in Need” is a story about trust, friendship and the ultimate betrayal.
Directed by Matt George Lovett (UK)


Angelika must solve a mysterious crime while avoiding a greedy ex-employee and flirting with her lawyer, in her Biggest Adventure yet!
Directed by Josh Minnie (USA)