Independent Shorts Awards is pleased to announce the award winners of November 2020. These projects were shortlisted from a pool of submissions
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)
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)
A mini-documentary on a woodfire kiln and the type of community bond it creates. Shot at Jay Lacouture’s Carolina Pottery Studio in Richmond, RI.
Directed by Ming Fen Congdon (USA)
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)
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)
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.” 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.
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)
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)