Best Animated Short – The Mandrake (USA)

Title: The Mandrake
Runtime: 8 min
Country: USA
Director: Quincy Baltes
Placement: Best Animated Short + Best Concept Art (Quincy Baltes, Jenna Fowlow, Gaby Gonzalez, Maria Migalko, Arden Mayer, Stephanie Verhelst, Jane Morrison, Andrea Cortez, Maeve Shea, Olivia Taylor)
Competition: March, 2021

Synopsis: Herman, a farmer content to live out his life alone out in the woods, tends his garden day in and day out. Except for the regulars that come to his market to buy his giant carrots and radishes, he rarely gets visitors. When a witch approaches his cottage one day, asking for a special ingredient and supplying a spell, he is understandably shaken. He wakes up the next morning to the cries of a screaming baby, unaware that his life has taken an incredible turn.