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Current Submissions

The films on this page have been submitted this month to our competition. Next month, they will be viewed and scored by a panel of jurors. These films are not a part of AWI’s permanent collection. To view the films in our collection, please visit our OLIVE Film Collection page.

Current Competition Submissions

07/1/2021 - 07/31/2021

SICK
SICK
SICK is an experimental movement-based short exploring Mental Health, in particular Health Anxiety otherwise known as Hypochondria. A concept which is surrounded by a lot of stigma and shame. Many think it's a joke, embarrassing or just plain weir...
Trust Falls
Trust Falls
This voyeuristic short film is a critique on the western male gaze, and the problematic nature of international adoption. It is a study on gender, compulsory heterosexuality and race as a commodified performance of vulnerability. The motif of falling...
A journey through darkness, my mental health journey – Animation
For a long time I’ve struggled with my mental health and a few years ago I felt like I was at rock bottom with no way out. I picked up my iPad and began drawing, quick doodles initially followed by more and more complex pictures as I quickly fo...
Decisions by Carel Kabamba
Carel Kabamba’s short film “Decisions” is about where she’d be in life if she trusted every negative opinion in regards to her wanting to pursue the creative industry. This film is a reminder that things are never a waste of time if it brings...
We all start as strangers
We all start as strangers
A student named Jonathan who is a very messy person and addicted to Instagram falls in love with a fellow student with the name of June. He then temps to send her a message on Instagram to ask her out on a date, but instead sends the message to the ...
puan
puan
Puan (translation woman) is a coming-of-age performance exploring self-identity and womanhood as a young Indonesian woman living in a binary world. The project illustrates the journey to self-acceptance and liberation. MH Topics: depression, self-ima...
SOMEHOW
SOMEHOW
A pair of lifelong friends begins to interpret their history differently, and today they act on it. Their choices bring them face to face, but will their definiton of love drive them apart?
Panic Room
Panic Room
Panic Room is about a teen named Sam and her friends first entering the pandemic thinking things would be fun and go back to normal but slowly realizing after death grievance and lack of emotional and physical social interactions, life just feels lik...
My Head: Living with Schizoaffective Disorder
This film illustrates a poem I wrote through an animatic. It explores what it's like to live with schizoaffective disorder in my own personal experience using metaphors; the "people living in my head" are all representative of different struggles I...
Dear Nay
Dear Nay
A love letter to a mother who died of cancer, from her son who followed her footsteps as a teacher. A poetic documentary on loss, grief, and love.
A journey through darkness: part one
Based on my mental health journey and struggling to escape from a place filled with darkness. I found a little light and followed it.
Isolations
Isolations
A 16mm dance project created in response to shelter in place orders in Los Angeles, ISOLATIONS is an outlet for chaos and the enduring need to connect. The project was born out of a need to reinvent community from a safe distance, to anchor in collec...
Let It Go
Let It Go
Music/ animation piece exploring adversity in interpersonal relationships
Untold
Untold
Reveals the stresses that a Nigerian woman is made to go through after child birth and how these stresses can largely contribute to post partum depression.
I Am a Man
I Am a Man
“I Am a Man” follows the story of three young men who are criticized for being less of a man. From being judged for expressing their emotions, to not being strong enough, these men struggle to cope with this internal battle. Warning: this fi...