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For a long time KASHISH has been feeling the need to recognize the student filmmakers. Each year the festival also gets numerous entries from these ‘future’ filmmakers from various film and media schools around the world. Though these films are fresh in approach and technique but it would only be fair if these can compete among equals and not with the seasoned filmmakers. We are happy that finally a new award category is included for the student short films.

Short films made by students of film and media schools that are completed after January 1, 2016 and having their Mumbai Premiere at KASHISH compete for this award. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.15,000 sponsored by Whistling Woods International. Winners are also awarded a trophy and a gift hamper and a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips.

9mins /2016 / UK / English / Animation Narrative Short
Director: Kat Michaelides


On their last day together, Damia and Eris discover a mysterious pool of water in a nearby forest that has a strange effect on both of them.

THE TIGER’S FIGHT   (El Tigre Y La Flor)
16mins /2016 / Mexico / Spanish with EST / Narrative Short
Director: Denisse Quintero


After a year of drought, Nicolas and Pablo, best friends, prepare for the Tiger’s Fights, a pre-hispanic ritual where the village men fight each other to imitate thunder and foster the rain, for hope of a good harvest. Some of the tigers also deliver commitment flowers to a girl as a sign of love. This year, Nicolas has decided to offer flowers to Pablo.

11mins /2016 / USA / English / Narrative Short
Director: Alexandrina Andre


Flora, a transgender woman, decides to come out to her mother and sister during lunch at a small café. There she is exposed to prejudice while using the women’s bathroom for the first time.

21 min / 2016 / USA / English / Narrative Short
Dir: Melissa Perez


A young woman struggles to choose between romantic love and helping her family in need. Vacillating Ceci reluctantly embarks on a journey to grant her mother’s wish— to find healing for Ceci’s brother suffering from severe mental illness. A trip driven by faith, love, and desperation complicates, as the family’s values and identities clash.

16 min / 2017 / Canada / English / Narrative Short
Dir: Tyler Gillis


When Darren finally decides to come out he gets torn between his best friend Becca and it-girl Natasha. His first few steps don’t go as smoothly as expected. Becca is worried that Darren will change after becoming the new toy in Natasha’s inner circle as the two best friends grow further apart.

17 min / 2016 / Australia / English / Narrative Short
Dir: Tao Jia


A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s infatuation for a straight actor in his three-month HIV test window period. He gets himself enrolled in his crush’s acting classes where his true feelings can pass as a convincing performance; but his life begins to take a turn after receiving a scary potential diagnosis.

15mins / 2016 / India / Hindi with EST
Director: Shivangi Mittal


Brooding over a recent breakup, seismologist Pradipta aka Paddy travels to a village for a field research. Amidst ignoring the calls of her ex and gathering data of waves causing earthquakes, she experiences an unsuspecting tremor there.

17 min / 2016 / Hungary / Hungarian / Narrative Short
Dir: Hajni Kis


A high-school janitor falls in love with one of the students in the school. Her love is impossible from the beginning, but she still decides to show her feelings.

18 min / 2016 / Cuba / Spanish / Narrative Short
Dir: Javier Ferreiro


Alfa Méndez is an actor who is just recovering from the loss of his real and reel life partner, Yerry. On his first day of shooting without him, Alfa tries to act as in the past, but things cannot be like before.

22 min / 2016 / USA / English / Narrative Short
Dir: Joseph Longo


After the death of his father, a young man returns from war to discover that more has changed than he anticipated. Over the course of a single night, David must challenge everything he has been conditioned to believe or risk losing his remaining family in the process.

16 min / 2016 / Australia / English / Narrative Short
Dir: Brendon McDonall


A lifelong friendship is under siege when two mature Australian men visit the monolithic dam that defined their young lives and are confronted by feelings that were impounded long ago, but cannot be contained any longer.

THE OTHER SIDE  (Al Otro Lado)
15 min / 2016 / Mexico / Spanish / Narrative Short
Dir: Rodrigo Álvarez Flores


Felipe and Claudio have a unique relationship. Somehow destiny pulls them apart and sets Felipe on a journey where he will risk everything in his pursuit of happiness.

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