Award of Excellence – “Hopeful Romantic” (Australia)

Title: Hopeful Romantic
Runtime: 11 min
Country: Australia
Director: Kate Vinen 
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: March, 2023

Synopsis: Daisy waits in a bar for her online date – they’re late. A man asks her for a drink and she mistakes him for the date who has stood her up. After accepting his offer, she tries to impress him by imitating the ‘cool’ girl in the bar which fails miserably. After encountering the ‘cool’ girl in the bathroom, Daisy learns things aren’t always as perfect as they seem and decides the only way to find love – is to be herself