Award of Merit – The Orchard (UK)

Title: The Orchard
Runtime: 4 min
Country: UK
Director: Martin McDougall
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: September, 2020

Synopsis: A modern Orpheus lockdown tale of darkness and hope. Following the sound of painful coughing, a man makes the mistake of lifting a rusty metal plate in the floor only to be forced to journey through an underworld stalked by spirits of night and light, before finally being guided back to an orchard of new life.