Award of Excellence – “Loki and Me” (Australia)

Title: Loki and Me
Runtime: 5 min
Country: Australia
Director: Craig Wyhoon
Placement: Award of Excellence + Best Screenplay (Craig Wyhoon)
Competition: September, 2023

Synopsis: Loki and Me is set in 1893 on the Murray River town of Echuca, Australia. It is based on a lone horseman who has set out, through his own personal experience, to find and set free children and young adults who struggle to live in a society that has not yet accepted those living with a disability. 

The horseman has established a farm retreat for those looking to be accepted and loved and along the way, meets up with Harriet and Loki in the middle of the bush. Both have disabilities. Loki is blind and Harriet has behavioral issues and has been forced away from their own community. They hear about this retreat and unbeknown to them, the Horseman that they meet and guides them is the one that will set them free. It is only until the end after they find this beautiful place, that he returns and they realize that it was his purpose to find Loki and Harriet and bring them home.