Independent Shorts Awards is pleased to announce the award winners of December 2021. These projects were shortlisted from a pool of submissions
Despina, a dynamic woman who hates romantic stereotypes, feels lonely. While looking through her social media account it informs her that today is her ex’s birthday. After wishing him a Happy Birthday, she impulsively invites him over for a glass of wine. When Giorgos comes over it is obvious he is hoping her invitation will turn into a reconciliation but is Despina keen on making the necessary compromises? His youthful naivety and her stubborn principles may be on a collision course.
Directed by George Leontakianakos (Greece)
A broken young woman must destroy the old version of herself to become anew.
Directed by Natalie Bible’ (USA)
First LGBT web series made in India.
Directed by Amit Khanna (India)
A highly emotional story of a girl who is born deaf in a familiar scenario of poverty, illiteracy and social ostracism, and who gets a cochlear implant which transforms her life.
Directed by Neeru Khera and Ujjwal Pandey (India)
A young man has a romantic rendezvous with the love of his life… but something is very off.
Directed by Devin Redmond (USA)
Dedicated to the sacred memory of the Martyrs of Hijli Detention Camp, the film narrates the story of the building which was once a detention camp for revolutionaries who selflessly fought for the Independence of India. With recreated events, the film depicts some real historic incidents that had taken place in the building which still stand proud as a part of the very first Indian Institute of Technology. The film is a documented tale of real incidents, real characters and a portrayal of historical events and gives an insight into the true heroes who sacrificed their lives for an independent India. The building is now The Nehru Museum of Science and Technology in the Indian Institute of Technology, Hijli, Kharagpur.
Directed by Pinaki Sarkar (India)
Based on the short story by Stephen King. Acclaimed mystery writer Johanna Dykstra finds herself struggling to deal with the occurrence of daily life when a pen name becomes an alternate personality in the form of Rick Hardin. Johanna’s disgust and resentment towards Rick Hardin become a constant thorn in her side until the unexpected happens one night at a deserted highway rest stop.
Directed by Stephen Dean (USA)
A statement of sexual repression and miscommunication in relationships.
Directed by Toby Bates (USA)
On a beautiful sunny morning in a suburb of Silicon Valley, Karen is taking her ailing daughter, Katie, to a doctor’s appointment. Katie suffers a relapse on the way and Karen rushes her to the hospital and, only blocks away, encounters a police funeral detail blocking the road. Karen pleas in vain to the officer to let her through, while she calms her daughter. After considerable delay, Katie falls into a seizure as Karen speeds by the officers, who remain oblivious to the emergency.
Directed by Teresa Langley (USA)
A macho toy arcade prize is quick to judge a young girl who wants to win him and goes on a life-changing journey in an attempt to stop her from winning and taking him home.
Directed by Aviv Mano (USA)