Award of Merit – Chronic (Canada)

Title: Chronic
Runtime: 4 min
Country: Canada 
Director: Abby Carter
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: September, 2022

Synopsis: Chronic explores the physical, psychological and spiritual impacts of chronic pain. Two characters, Body and Self, are introduced in a timeless and surreal space. This space is occupied by a mystical snake made of animal bone and a powerful barbie witch.

These magical creatures help Self and Body communicate through energetic vibrations, as they struggle to heal their separation. Transforming from 3D puppets into paper dolls, they move through multi-dimensional expressions of form, realizing the expanding power of spirit. Once they return to the original space, they use the knowledge they’ve gained from their journey to integrate their experience, becoming one body.