Award of Merit – Breathing Underwater (Canada)

Title: Breathing Underwater
Runtime: 9 min
Country: Canada
Director: Behiwot Degefu
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: September, 2021

Synopsis: After a painful breakup, Danielle continues to live her life in denial. She creates an imaginary world to save her relationship. However, her desire to dig deep in to her unconscious mind allows Danielle to re-evaluate and question a fairy tale love she once had with Oliver. Danielle soon realizes her life with Oliver is anything but perfect. As she continues to reflect on her past experience, Danielle decides it’s time to take control of her life. The possibility of new romance enters the picture when Danielle meets Noah.