Independent Shorts Awards

The Dazzling Light of Sunset

Documentaries are usually very raw and have a distant relationship with the viewer. Salomé Jashi does the opposite by creating a personal environment, leaving the audience wondering what is real and what is manipulated to seem real.


This film shows one of the most remote places of this world and yet we feel somehow connected by listening to the names of some of the most known companies appear.
Directed by Mia Basile and Alexander Basile (Germany)

Bou (bride)

The film is about young Rohingya girls who are sold into marriage by traffickers. It also explores the mindset of the men who buy them for thousands of dollars.
Directed by Mahi Ramakrishnan (Malaysia)

Fool’s Gold: a Dolaucothi Love Story

Made in 1927 and inspired by real events, as well as an outrageous mustache, “Fool’s Gold” tells the timeless tale of boy meets girl in a dimly lit mine passage amidst the backdrop of a bitter struggle for the control of the Dolaucothi Gold Mines and the keys to the Johne’s family fortune.
Directed by Simon Howlett (UK)

Dana’s Story

Based on a true story, the film is an adaptation of A.L. Smith’s critically acclaimed novel “Behind Closed Doors”. The film depicts the harsh realities of the sex trafficking industry.
Directed by Huey Rawls (USA)

Snug as a Bug

Mickey and Gav are six floors up with a corpse, a rug that’s too small and a van they haven’t got. Worse still, they’re almost out of air freshener: a pungent comic short with bodies, bowels and bin-bags.
Directed by Louise C Galizia (UK)

One A.M.

“One A.M.” directed and performed by Charlie Chaplin in 1916 is an example of a comedy that has found the right balance: the jokes are on point and it is hard to not feel amazed by the character.

Hearts Want

Two former lovers reunite for a play by the drama teacher who first brought them together. They still carry a torch for each other, but will their love survive when the truth is revealed about their past?
Directed by Jason P. Schumacher (USA)

After The Storm

A documentary short film about triumph over adversity, a story of never losing faith or giving up hope.
Directed by Ava ST.Pierre and Sheree’ Cogburn (USA)