Independent Shorts Awards

Chicago HR

Chicago HR follows the day-to-day life of Langston and Woods, the world’s two most excitable and exciting HR reps at a Chicago accounting firm. Langston and Woods take their jobs very seriously – a little too seriously for their boss Terrance “Chief” Kofi. But since Langston and Woods came in, office shenanigans have declined sharply. They will do whatever it takes to keep the people of Fey and Farley accounting safe-even if it means taking the law into their own hands.
Directed by Kara Haller, Adam Smestad, Gavin O’Herlihy, Daniel T. Moore, Amy Jackson, Shane Dedmond and Matt Stell (USA)

The Bench

“The Bench” is the story of a young girl battling homelessness and the stigmas she faces. It shows the flip-side of what we perceive and brings a humanity to those living on the street as we follow Mary through her day. This compelling story is filled with real struggles that tug on your heartstrings and challenge preconceived ideas.
Written by Cjay Boisclair (Canada)


After picking up a magical music box, a young man struggles with his internal temptations.
Directed by Weiyi Chu (China)

Adult Humans

An Animal Rescue Volunteer and a Mysterious Traveler compete for the attention of a Young Woman who agrees to adopt a Pitbull before the dog is scheduled to be euthanized at a Kill Shelter.
Directed by James Zeiss (USA)


A ragtag group is about to flee illegally across a border. They’re confronted with their fears and hopes. The boundaries between reality and dream blur…
Directed by Cem Arslan (Germany)

One Small Step

What does it take to achieve your dreams? An ambitious young girl endeavors to realize her aspiration of becoming an astronaut with the support of her humble father.
Directed by Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth (USA)

Love Interrupted

A lovesick young man, in the grips of a mental breakdown, falls in love with a girl who’s too good to be true.
Directed by Cameron Denny (USA)