By Alex Murawski
Award of Merit, Shorts
After an accident, Sam leaves an injured girl in a barren, snowy farmland. The weight of his departure presses upon him and he sets back out to find her—before it’s too late.
“Sometimes we run away, we try to escape from the pain in our lives. Snow transported me to this mundane world of pain, of protracted obscure suffering that glimmers with hope of a second chance.” ~Kurt Shrader (judge)
“This is a beautiful telling of one of the saddest stories I’ve seen in a long time. The lead actor holds court with his deep, intimate eyes – speaking volumes while not speaking at all. His pain is palpable. Remarkably heartbreaking.” ~Jill Fischer (judge)