Short Film

FOLCS International Short Film Competition 2022 (9th Annual Awards Night)

April 28, 2022

Featuring five Screening Days to view the finalist films and an Awards Night, the 9th Annual Awards Night was held virtually on April 28, 2022. 


In 2022, FOLCS  virtually hosted its annual International Short Film Competition

This special program was produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy.


Inner Self

Director: Mohammad Hormozi

Year: 2021
Runtime: 0:15:00
Language: Farsi
Country: Spain/Iran

A violinist woman wants to enter an administrative building in the Islamic Republic of Iran, but as her hijab is deemed inappropriate by the security, she must stay in the waiting room. The events in the waiting room inspire her to make her new piece.


Paper God

Director: Daniyal Mahmoudnia

Year: 2021
Language: Farsi
Country: Iran

The story of Ali, a disabled kid in a wheelchair who desires to go to the top of a cliff from which he can launch his paper plane like the other kids.

3rd PLACE 

& Audeince Favorite Award 


Director: Anaïs Lonkeu

Year: 2021
Language: French
Country: France

“When you’re black, you have to work twice as hard as the others, otherwise you will disappear.” Laura, an absolute fan of Harry Roselmack, watches her favorite TV host disappear. Will she disappear as well if she gets bad grades at school?

Best Female Filmmaker


Director: Mehrnoush Alia

Year: 2021
Language: Farsi
Country: Iran

A new driver at a ride-hailing company in Iran who has hit rock bottom accepts to give a ride to a dog knowing too well that it is against the Islamic laws of his country. He does not know that this dog is experiencing a crisis just like him.

Best Screenplay

Oak’s Scream

Director: Hafez Hasanvand

Year: 2021
Language: Farsi
Country: Iran

Story of Hiro, a 12-year-old girl who is forced to marry a 45-year-old man because of poverty and faulty traditions.

Honorable Mention

Post #MeToo

Director: Phoebe Chingying Man

Year: 2021
Language: Chinese
Country: Hong Kong

Around 230 people joined Phoebe Man’s socially-engaged art “Free Coloring If I Were” (2018) in response to the #MeToo Movement. Imagine with empathy if they were a victim, a perpetrator, and a bystander. Phoebe Man organized, animated, and transformed most of the coloring pages of the audience to make the animation Post

This special program was produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy