Award of Excellence – Stoneheart, An Undying Gift (USA)

Title: Stoneheart, An Undying Gift
Runtime: 6 min
Country: USA
Director: Nicholas Markart
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: September, 2022

Synopsis: Steve Hilfiker, a heart transplant survivor and father of four describes his experience facing death, and how his perspective on life has forever changed following the fateful operation. StoneHeart evokes the fragility of the human experience, and its strength and resiliency.

The film raises awareness for Cardiac Sarcoidosis, a disease that slowly turns the heart to stone, and nearly claimed Steve’s life. The will to survive shines through his near-death experience and powerful take-away messages of hope.