Award of Merit – Gastropod (USA)

Title: Gastropod
Runtime: 18 min
Country: USA
Director: Allison Bergman
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March, 2021

Synopsis: Mrs. Winnifred Rice was really looking forward to moving her mother-in-law out of the house and into her own small apartment out back. But that won’t be happening any time soon. The city permits for the garage renovation have been denied. And it’s all because of a mysterious pile of slimy animal carcasses discovered on the rooftop. No one can explain where they came from or why they chose this home to gather for their final resting place, but Winnie is sure of one thing: they are disgusting! Could this be a sign of a dying species? Or an odd quirk of Mother Nature? Or is something otherworldly going on? Either way, Winnie just wants them gone before they drive her completely insane.