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Runtime: 17 min
Director: Aeryn Lee
Placement: Award of Excellence + Best Music (Cody Read)
Competition: March, 2021
Synopsis: Permafrost takes place in a world devastated by climate change, and follows a small crew on an impossible mission to find an artifact from before The Frost. The film is set 11 generations after the earth changed, in northern Texas which has become a frozen wasteland. This is a world without literacy, where people rely on oral tradition and stories told through generations about brave expeditions and attempts to locate the essential artifact. But this crew is different. They have a secret weapon. They have a young girl with an uncanny talent for mapmaking; she can see what no one else sees. It’s as if the land speaks to her. Placing their faith in this young cartographer, the crew strives to bend the arc of history toward hope.