Award of Merit – “Arcade” (USA)

Title: Arcade
Runtime: 8 min
Country: USA
Director: Erica Travia 
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: September, 2023

Synopsis: Arcade is a gripping 2D animated short film that delves into the heavy theme of anxiety and panic experienced by a college student named Milo. The film follows Milo as he is relentlessly pursued by a manifestation of his anxiety known as Annie. Annie’s torment becomes so intense that Milo is unable to sleep, eat, or even use the bathroom. However, Milo eventually finds comfort in the arcade, only to discover that he can’t escape his fears so easily. Annie takes over the arcade and turns it into a psychedelic nightmare. Will Milo ever be able to break free from this madness?